- Develop social awareness
- Practice language skills
- Engage in creative thinking
Step 1: Read Clifford’s Good Deeds and A Chair For My Mother to the class to introduce the concepts of kindness and giving. Discuss different elements of the stories, including main ideas, main characters, and the feelings of those characters. Ask children if the story reminds them of experiences they have had. Then, ask why it is important to be kind. How do children feel when someone is kind to them?
Step 2: Explain that during the holiday season it is nice to receive gifts but it is also nice to give to others. You can tell them that a gift does not always have to be a toy or clothes. It can be a card, a song, or a kind deed they do for people in their families or communities.
Step 3: Discuss how children will work together to do something nice for the people in their community. You can engage families to help plan the activity or choose from the suggestions below:
Arrange with a local hospital to have children make “get well” cards for the pediatric unit. Set up a card making area in the writing or art center.
Contact a local senior center or nursing home to plan intergenerational activities such as collaborative art projects, group singing, or cooking.
Remember: Children at this age may have not yet developed the ability to be empathetic, so it is important to reinforce the concepts of kindness by praising kind behavior in the classroom.
Cut out 100 “hands.” Explain to children that every time they do a kind deed you will record it onto a “hand.” Find an area in the room to display the hands. Challenge children to achieve 100 helping hands. Count the new hands at the end of each week and place the new total on the display.
Have children make a list of ways they can be helpful at home. Give them a pre-cut hand shape. Ask them to choose a kind act they can do to help their families. Send home their “helping hands,” along with a note explaining the purpose of the activity.