Kids’ Everyday Giving Idea #5
Give old blankets to your local pet shelter. Donate unopened pet supplies, such as pet food,
cat litter, training pads, and other necessary pet items.
Check out this "Wishlist" Page of CalgaryHumane.ca
One of the 'freedoms' (processes) my teacher training emphasized was allowing students the time to enjoy decorating their own writing/printing to 'beautify' their work...
to create 'works of art' out of it, after spending so much time practicing their letters and numbers.
In keeping with the theme of children writing their own special note to accompany these
everyday giving ideas, the same goes for this one to the pets!
A decorated note for Animal Shelter staff from your child tucked in to the care package would not only allow children to have their hand in this 'giving' opportunity,
it would sure be a welcomed little surprise that would warm their hearts,
guaranteed to be a prized office bulletin-board show-stopper!
(maybe even prompting extra hugs for the animals waiting for their forever home.)
Cheers to paying it forward!
Kids’ Everyday Giving Idea #4
Donate clothing that no longer fits
This is a big job, even bigger with kids!
The key is to start small with this Tried & True Trick:
Have kids find only the shirts with red in them... or just the jeans... or try 'Let's see if you can shoot all the 'sock basketballs' into the give away box!...
Before long they'll be asking you what they should sort next (ha ha! success)
Kids’ Everyday Giving Idea #3
As a family, pick a local place to volunteer,
and make it a fun family date once a month
(or otherwise regularly scheduled)
Find Calgary 'Family Volunteer' Opportunities
Kids’ Everyday Giving Idea #2
Bring a casserole or fruit bowl to someone who lives alone.
Of course to accompany this is a divinely-decorated handmade children's card
(only complete with an extra-large scooping of glitter!!!)
Kids Everyday Giving Idea #1
Mow your neighbours’ lawn
I know I know! That one couldn't be more obvious :) but then again... did u bring the kids last time?
We all know involving kids in "chores" sometimes feels like it ends up taking too much time to even be worth it. But when the chore is for someone else, it somehow magically turns into fun,
unrushed time to just hang out with each other.
If children are too young for the mowing, not a problem -- they shouldn't be too upset settling for sporting their super-cool super-powered gardening gloves to expedite some breakneck weed pulling or garbage/recycling that's blown onto the property.
Whether the folks next door are in town, or the 'lawnicure' will be a surprise when they get home, after ALL that work to beautify the yard (i.e. during snack break...), crafting-up a note or card (elaborately decorated of course!) is def in order, letting the neighbs know you've been over
(followed of course by kids wanting to do the honours of
running up to the door and popping it in the mailbox!)
Not only is the card another little surprise for your cool neighbours,
it represents an imaginary 'Good Deed' badge kids get to wear around for the day :)
Now high fives for turning a little work into a bit of wisdom for the wee folks :)
Share the warm fuzzy feelings/reactions/convos with your kids that resulted in the comments? (yer awesome).
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