Our goal is to help children cultivate a deeper understanding of how every person has the power to help. During this month of the Great Sprout Tuck-In Season of Giving, focus a little extra energy around the idea of gestures of giving.
Throughout the month, talk with your children about a time you did something nice for someone but never told that person. Some kind gestures go unnoticed, but they are still kind gestures! Reinforce these lessons at home by introducing these lesson-filled activities.
1. Giving Checklists
In addition to donating books and pajamas, parents and children can make a list of other ways to be helpful to people in need, whether around the holidays or anytime during the year. The act of creating a checklist can act as a reminder to children about how sometimes giving a gift or a helping hand can feel just as good as receiving one.
How to make a Giving Checklist:
Using whatever materials you have around the house, gather your family together and collect fun and creative ideas to help others in your home, your community, and beyond.
What kind act did your child add to the list?
2. Give Your Family a Wish Tree
New Year’s traditions exist around the world. In Bangladesh, people celebrate the arrival of the new year with a special tradition. They use flour to create designs in the spaces in front of their homes. They place earthen pots in the middle of the flour designs and place a mango tree branch (which must have five twigs) in the pot. This very special tradition symbolizes good fortune or luck for the family. Start your own family New Year’s tradition by making a tree full of thoughtful wishes.
You will need:
• Oatmeal or coffee cans
• Pebbles and/or sand (or some other fill)
• Tree branches
• Dark colored construction paper (large sheets)
• Glue and markers
• Swatches of fabric
How to make your family Wish Tree:
Pass the tradition on by encouraging holiday visitors to write good wishes and add them to your tree throughout the holiday season.
What wishes did your child come up with? Tell us in a comment below.