In a world that is often less than compassionate, we can all use a little more consideration and kindness nowadays.
The good news is that children are naturally altruistic and compassionate. As adults, it’s our job to foster that compassion so as they grow, they continue to be aware of how their actions make other’s feel.
One of the easiest ways to teach children about their actions and to show them the impact they can have on others is through random acts of kindness. Whether they’re helping a friend, a neighbor, a stranger or an animal, kids can have a big, positive impact on our world.
It’s important for kids to see parents lead by example so the following list has 103 random acts of kindness ideas for you and your children. Some of these they can do all on their own, but some of these will require your help so they can see the true impact of paying it forward in life.
Get the full list below and start being kind in small ways today.
Acts of Kindness
- Pick up litter at the park
- Give the school custodian a thank you note.
- Let someone go in front of you in line.
- On hot days, hand out water to city workers.
- Make book marks and donate them to a senior home.
- Leave heads up pennies on the sidewalk.
- Make cookies for the bus driver.
- Bring Valentine’s and holiday cards to the senior center.
- Hold the door open for someone.
- Teach your friend a new skill: How to tie their shoe, ride a scooter, an algebra equation, knitting, etc.
- Return rouge carts to the cart corral at the store.
- Give candy to the bank teller.
- Share with your sibling.
- Write your mail person a thank you note (or Valentine!) and put it in the mailbox for them.
- Make a bird feeder and feed the birds.
- Wave at a police officer when you see them on duty in the car or on the street. If you can, say, “Thank you,” for their service.
- Leave happy notes on car windshields in a parking lot.
- Call your grandparents, tell them you’ve been thinking of them and ask how their day was.
- Make, “Thank you for your service,” cards and bring them to a local veteran’s center or hospital.
- Compliment friends at school.
- Bake a dessert for your neighbor.
- Offer to walk your neighbor’s dog.
- Put change in a vending machine for the next person.
- Take treats to the police station or the fire station.
- Smile and say hello to people on the street.
- Color or paint stones with kind words and leave them at the park.
- Donate old toys that are still in good condition to charity.
- Send bags of candy to soldiers that are deployed with thank you notes.
- Help make dinner.
- Help clean up after dinner without being asked.
- Remember to always add, “Please,” and, “Thank you.”
- Bring your teacher a drawing and tell her your favorite thing about your class.
- Create a Little Library for your neighborhood and put books you no longer read in it for others to enjoy.
- Donate socks and underwear to a homeless shelter.
- Shovel a neighbor’s sidewalk in the winter.
- Donate clothes you no longer need to Goodwill, the Salvation Army or a church.
- Randomly tell a family member how much you love them.
- Tell one of your friends how special they are to you.
- Play with someone new during recess.
- Read a book to a younger student at school or a younger sibling at home.
- Compliment or say thank you to the lunch lady.
- Donate tissues or other supplies to the classroom in the middle of the school year.
- Draw a picture for a friend or write them a note.
- Offer to help clean the windows at home.
- Make your bed without being asked.
- Volunteer at the local animal shelter.
- Bring a bag of food to a food pantry – especially in the summer when donations are down but the need is up due to kids being out of school.
- Rake a neighbor’s leaves.
- Tell your brother or sister that you love them.
- Put your dishes in the dishwasher or unload the dishwasher for your parents.
- Bring old children’s books to a local shelter.
- Tell the server at the restaurant, “Thank you,” for serving you.
- Give up your seat on the bus, train or the subway.
- Donate cat or dog food to a local shelter.
- Send a postcard to a relative in another state.
- Bring cookies to the post office during a busy time.
- If it’s raining, share your umbrella with a friend.
- Add extra money to a parking meter for the next person.
- Make a friendship bracelet and give it to a new friend.
- Walk a neighbor’s dog.
- Leave a happy post-it note on the bathroom mirror for another family member.
- Use sidewalk chalk and write happy quotes on the sidewalk in your neighborhood.
- Help a friend with their homework.
- Leave a note in a library book for the next person.
- Feed the animals in the winter.
- Clear your plate from the table at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Help set the table for a meal.
- Make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for homeless people in your area.
- Invite someone new to sit at the lunch table with you.
- Pay for another family’s dinner bill at a restaurant.
- Help your neighbor, grandparents or another relative plant flowers.
- Pick up your laundry and put it away. Or do your laundry for your mom.
- Bring breakfast to your teacher or a special snack for their lunch.
- Donate coloring books to a children’s hospital.
- Sweep the floors for your mom and dad.
- Leave kindness bundles of candy and treats for your neighbors.
- Help a teacher pick up the classroom at the end of the day.
- Donate blood during a local blood drive (teens and parents only)
- Help your parents make dinner.
- Say, “Thank you,” for dinner.
- Help carry someone’s groceries or load their car at the grocery store.
- Help a sibling clean their room.
- Help pull the weeds in the garden.
- Pick up clothes that have fallen off the hangers at the store and rehang them.
- Give a hug just because.
- Start a spare change jar at home and when it’s full donate the money to your favorite charity.
- Tape a thank you note to the garbage can so the trash collectors know you appreciate them.
- Donate coats you’ve outgrown each fall and spring.
- Pick wildflowers and give them to your mom, grandma, a neighbor or a friend.
- Tape bags of popcorn to a Redbox machine.
- Bring extra water to your sports team practices or games for kids who forget.
- Leave laundry detergent or change at the laundry mat.
- Take shorter showers to conserve water.
- Leave extra change by the ride-on-horses or the cars at the grocery store or mall.
- Tell a friend’s mom or dad that they’re a great parent.
- Print out and bring coloring sheets and a new box of crayons to the doctor’s office.
- Create a lemonade stand and donate the profits.
- Go caroling at Christmas time around your neighborhood or at a nursing home.
- Mail your cousins a letter or a funny picture.
- Donate blankets or preemie hats to the hospital for premature babies.
- “Adopt” a family or child in another country to help them live a better life.
- Grow out your hair for Locks of Love or another organization that makes wigs for cancer patients.
- Make placemats for homeless shelters for holidays throughout the year. Laminate them so they can be used multiple times.
- Leave extra pennies next to a fountain for the next family to make wishes on.
- Look in the mirror and give yourself a compliment. Remember, kindness starts at home.
What else would you add to this list?
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What a fabulous list of things to do. When kids learn kindness from a young age, it carries with them through their whole life. My son was especially concerned about the homeless when he was young. In college, he volunteered at a ministry that serves the homeless. That was exciting!
It is so easy to just be kind to each other. These are all great ways to do that.
It’s so important to raise kids who understand the importance of kindness. If we raise kinds kids, we’ll have a kinder world.
love, love, love all of this. especially as we enter the month of love.
What a awesome list! I’ve been thinking lately that I should get more involved in my community and helping others. Thanks for all the great ideas to get my kids involved, also!
I wish I could make and follow through with a list of 5 things like this. These ideas are a great example to set for our kids and I will think about how I can be kind to the people around me.
So many great ideas in here! I pinned this for later – thank you for sharing. The world could def use more kindness!
I am definitely going to pin this. I’m always trying to find ways to be able to help others and I want my kids to be involved. You have some wonderful ideas here.
Such a great list! I cant wait to share this with my littles.
What an outstanding list of suggestions! I think it’s so important to teach our children to give back and be kind. I think I’ll have our family take on one of these ideas each month.
What a great list! It’s important for all of our kids to learn kindness at an early age. If we can all teach our kids to be kind, the world would be a better place.
I think making sure to do a few of the things on this list now and then would be a good idea. Those habits will really rub off on the kids!
What a fantastic list of activities to do!
I am so loving this blog! I believe that children can’t remember all of the things you tell them but they will always remember all the things that you show them! Great blog!
I love the range of suggestions you give! I often find acts of kindness lists that are either all big activities or all little day-to-do things. This is such a nice mix, and I’m going to hang on to this and try to incorporate these into my parenting!
I love these ideas and need to save them for my 3 kids. I would love for them to pick 3 a day to each do.
This is a great list. A lot of them I would have never thought of. I really like the idea of making thank you for service cards for veterans and donating food to pet shelters. Thanks for putting this together.
This is a great list of acts of kindness! I will need to use this list with my children!
Love love love this list, and I’m so excited that parents are still encouraging kids to perform acts of kindness! They just make the world a better place.
There are some items on your list that I hadn’t thought about in quite some time! I’m going to put a few of these into action in the next week. Thanks for the push!
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This is so great. I’m going to have to print this out so that I can do some of them with my girls. I see so many that would be great to do.
This is such a sweet list and idea! Encouraging kids to show kindness is so important. Going to have my boys pick out a few things from this list.
We just installed a Little Free Library in our yard for this purpose. I love sharing my favorite books with my neighbors. Thank you so much for this list of wonderful ideas. It is so important to teach our kids to be kind. I printed your list and will start doing things and marking them off with my kids!
This is such a wonderful list! Thank you so much for compiling it, and for sharing it with all of us!
I am loving your list of 105 acts of kindess. Sharing with others can bring a smile to a person who you might not even know it.
Important to teach our kids kindness. Need to make a generation that cares about people more than stuff!
These are the best ways to teach kindness to a kid. We are doing some of these already. And we’ll try some other of them soon!
wow such an amazing list, kindness is so important x
This is a great list! It’s great to do good things with your kids.
THIS! Kids are very much a sponge, if we do these things and they see us doing it, they pick it up. Especially with cyber bullying running rampant, acts of kindness are so very necessary!
It’s very important to raise kids who understand the importance of kindness. I’m always talking to my son about that! So we have a better world!
These are great ideas to do with or for kids. We so random acts of kindness in February for Random Acts of Kindness Day, with my kids and Girl Scout Troop. Thanks for sharing these ideas!
We all need to teach kids to be kind and considerate. These are all great ideas to help them!
I really like the idea of writing something nice on the sidewalk. We have a lot of neighbors that jog, I bet they would like to read nice notes.
What an adorable post. I always try to be conscious of things that my kids and I can do around the community. Helping others really helps them build their own character and sense of empathy.
What an awesome list! A simple act of kindness goes a long way. And instilling kindness is a great thing to teach our kids.
These are such wonderful ideas! I think the earlier we teach our kids about how good it feels to be kind just because, the better people we raise in the end!
Love these ideas! It’s so important to teach our kids that acts of kindness don’t have to be elaborate, simple yet sweet!
It’s so important to teach your children the value of kindness. It doesn’t have to be a huge gesture, even small acts make a huge difference in someone’s life.
I love being kind, I really do. I am going to save these for use
I try to be a decent human being and live my life with kindness every day – but to be intentional with it would make me feel a little more proud of myself, definitely pinning to remind myself.
We are making sure our kids understand the importance of showing kindness to others. This a great list that I plan to print off to give my kids ideas of how they can be kind to others.
If we would all do a random act of kindness each day, this world would be an amazing place. But we can start with ourselves and see where it goes. 🙂
These are some great kindly things that can do. We can’t make some one to do such things forced. Kindness should be come from the inside first.
Showing random acts of kindness is something that I have tried to teach my children. This is such a great list of ideas for things for us to do.