activities teach students lessons in caring, empathy
and good citizenship that will last a lifetime.
Discuss with children the definition of kindness and
the associated values (e.g., courtesy, respect, gentleness,
helpfulness). Create a “Kindness Tree”
and write these ideas on its leaves.
Hold a Kindness Story Time, during which students
and teachers can share experiences of kindness from
their own lives. Talk about how being the giver and
recipient of a kind act feels.
Ask children to write a story or draw a picture of
an event which they have experienced in which someone
was kind to them.
Have students create an alphabetical list of simple
kind acts. For example, “A: Be kind to Animals,
B: Befriend a new student, C: Carry someone’s
Students can make Kindness Coupons for family and
friends who can redeem them for help from the giver
with housework, gardening, babysitting, etc.
Choose a member of the school staff to be the recipient
of special thank you notes from students on their
own Appreciation Day. For example, students can make
cards and drawings for a member of the catering or
cleaning team, and perhaps include a small basket
of sweets or flowers.
Identify two or three prominent historical figures
who are known for being kind, compassionate and generous.
The students can read about these people and then
discuss what they admire about them and their actions.
Make a kindness quilt, as a group project, from either
cloth or paper. On each of the panels write a word
relating to kindness or put a picture of a kind act.
The quilt can then be displayed in the classroom or
in another area in the school.Make cards for a student
who is away from school because of illness or any
other reason where they might need extra support or
encouragement. If the student is going to be away
from school for a length of time, have the children
in his or her class make an audiotape to send. The
tape could include a song, a short story being read,
news from the classroom, expressions of encouragement,
etc. Ask the class what they think the child would
appreciate most.Ask students to make a list of kind
acts. This could include: remembering to say please
and thank you, talking to a new pupil and including
him or her in games, sharing sweets or snacks at playtime,
offering to help at home with household tasks, reading
to younger siblings, really listening when someone
is talking, carrying someone’s shopping, helping
a neighbour with gardening, helping a friend with
homework or a computer project, putting away toys,
putting rubbish in the bin, thanking the bus driver,
raising money for a charity … see what else
the kids can add to the list!
Have the children keep a regular Kindness Journal
with entries, in writing or with pictures, of all
the kind acts which they have done.
Ask students to find articles in newspapers and other
publications about kind acts and kind people. These
stories can be used as a basis for a group discussion
about the benefits of kindness.
Gather a collection of kindness stories from students,
teachers and other members of the school staff. Publish
and distribute the collection to the entire school.
Talk with children about being kind to animals. Encourage
them to tell stories about how they are kind to their
pets. They can draw pictures of their pets, with a
list of the ways they look after them.
Make a Kindness Box, into which everyone can put suggestions
for Kind Acts. The suggestions can be taken from the
box and students can commit to putting them into action,
either as a group or individually.
Create a puppet show about kindness. This, of course,
can include making the puppets, writing the script,
planning the music, and performing. A small programme
can be made to accompany the puppet show, with the
names of all involved and with a few quotations about
kindness and caring. These quotations can come from
established sources or can be made up by the students
themselves (e.g., “Kindness is ….”).
Have a Kindness Poster Contest. The posters can be
displayed in a prominent area in the school or even
in a local community centre.
Start a ribbon campaign and give out kindness ribbons
to people who have done an act of kindness. Ask that
person to give the ribbon to the next person they
see do an act of kindness.
a Kindness Club in which members will resolve to do
one act of kindness each week. Keep a club journal,
with stories and pictures, to share with others. Write
a mission statement with goals, aims and objectives.
Choose a name, logo, mascot or colour for the Club.
Get creative! Create poems, raps, songs, skits, and
/ or plays about the importance of kindness and consideration.
Maybe these could be performed at a school assembly!
Encourage the school newsletter to include regular
articles about kindness and kind acts. If there is
no school newsletter, see if there is a bulletin board
in a well-travelled area on which your class could
post kindness stories.
Have the students draw Kindness Buddy names and then
do something kind for that person during the week.
Create decorations or kind messages for a meal-delivery
Discuss playground safety and courtesy and the importance
of remembering that games and sports are for fun and
Talk about a character in a novel that the class has
recently read. Ask the students to write a short paragraph
or poem from the character’s point of view.
Thinking about the character’s imagined hopes,
fears and feelings can help students to enhance their
own feelings of empathy and understanding.
Have the children make “Kindness - Pass It On”
cards which can be given to friends or family members
who have done something kind. They can, in turn, pass
the card along to someone else who has been kind.
Discuss the importance of 'Kindness to Oneself' with
your students, including eating healthily, getting
sufficient sleep, exercising, spending time with friends
and family, relaxation or ‘quiet’ time,
and talking to someone they trust about their emotions.
Encourage students to learn about jobs in the community
that involve helping others. Discuss how these jobs
benefit the community, why they think people do these
jobs and whether or not they themselves would like
to do similar work one day.
Challenge students to see how many words they can
find using the letters in ‘kindness.’
See if they can top the current record of 43 words!
Ask the class to make a list of ways to save energy.
Ask them to make a drawing depicting how being kind
to the Earth is being kind to its inhabitants.
Put up a sign designating a “Kindness Zone.”
This can be in one classroom or can include the entire
Create a kindness slogan and put it on bookmarks to
distribute throughout the school.
Design a word search puzzle with words relating to
kindness (caring, thoughtfulness, giving, friendship,
love, sharing, helping, etc.). When the puzzle has
been solved by the students, ask them to choose one
of the words and talk about what it means to them.
Challenge the class to see how many books they can
find in the school library that contain stories about
generosity, kindness, friendship, community involvement,
animal welfare or respect for the environment. The
kids could then choose one of the books, or an excerpt
from one of the books, to read together and then discuss.
Ask students to divide a page into 3 sections - Me
/ My Community / The Planet - and record ideas for
acts of kindness for each. These ideas can be displayed
on a board or in a booklet and new thoughts can be
added over time.
there is a human being, there is
an opportunity for kindness - Seneca
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activities that you and your students have created!