Random Acts of Kindness are a wonderful way to get your kids involved in spreading joy throughout the world. We have our kids set aside money to give to others out of every allowance, but sometimes they struggle to know how to actually give it away.
And in the same way I believe it's important for kids to touch and work with actual dollar bills to really gain an understanding of money, I think having them physically give away their money makes a bigger impact in their developing minds than they would get by clicking a few buttons on a website to make a donation.
So putting those two things together, I came up with the idea for a Random Acts of Kindness gift card giving spree, where we go to restaurants, coffee shops, or retail stores, buy $5 gift cards, and then give them away!
Sometimes my kids enjoy putting them on shelves for people to find later on and sometimes they like to just hand them out as they pass by. It's a wonderful way for kids to see the immediate impact that giving their money to others can have! And as an added bonus, I've found my kids tend to be more kind, more willing to help out around the house, and more generous overall after each time we've done this.
I made a PDF of the notes we used in our Random Acts of Kindness day, in case you want to take your kids out for a gift card giving spree, too! Click here or on the image below to download the file. Then print, cut, wrap them around gift cards, and go out and spread a little joy and kindness in your community.
And remember... Random Acts of Kindness absolutely don't have to include money. Help a neighbor, hold open a door, give a compliment, or simply smile at a stranger - these are all wonderful ways to spread joy throughout our world.
I'd love to hear what your favorite ways are to do Random Acts of Kindness. Leave a comment and share your wonderful ideas with others!