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Here’s 7 Acts of kindness for Thanksgiving to help your kids practice being kind. Includes free printables, ideas, crafts, and even games. Enjoy some fabulous Thanksgiving activities and join our conspiracy of kindness with your kids.
I love Thanksgiving! It was the first holiday that I celebrated when I first moved to Canada. It’s been my favorite ever since. While we celebrated harvest festivals in England it wasn’t quite the same. There is something special about putting aside some time to give thanks for all our blessings.
When my boys were growing up I found that Thanksgiving was the perfect excuse to flex some kindness muscles. I was on a mission to raise kind kids, so we used the holiday to let our kids experience how good it feels to help someone else.
After all one of the best ways to give thanks for your blessings is to pay it forward with small acts of giving.
To help you I have created a short list of Acts of Kindness with a Thanksgiving theme. I have kept them simple and doable. Why not read the list out to your family and see which ones they would like to do in the coming weeks?
7 Acts of Kindness For Thanksgiving
- As a family make a list of people who help others in ways are easily overlooked. These might include a cashier, mail carrier, or garbage collector. Write them a thank you note. These cute fingerprint notes are quick and easy to make. Find a way to deliver the notes.
- Thanksgiving is about counting our blessings and taking the time to say thank you. Help your children to make gifts to acknowledge the love that others show them. These thankful hearts from Lasso the Moon are adorable. Love the idea, but can’t face the sewing part? Simplify by having your kids cut out and decorate paper hearts to give away.
- I really like this Random Acts Of Kindness Treasure Hunt. Each of the six clues in this treasure hunt kit invites kids to participate in a random act of kindness. I think it would be a lot of fun and the clues are ready to print.
- The Dating Divas have a whole list of random Acts of Kindness to do for Thanksgiving, as well as, tickets to leave at the scene of the act. some of them are as simple as printing a Take a Smile poster to put it up in your community.
Bringing food to others (Sharing the feast)
5. Thanksgiving feasts have always been an important part of the celebration. It is the perfect time to help feed families who are hungry. Most food banks welcome gifts of canned goods that can be used for holiday meals. Go shopping with your family and challenge everyone to find non-perishable items like canned pie filling, cranberry sauce, gravy mix, pre-packaged stuffing, or chocolates that can be gifted to the food bank. Go together to drop them off at the food bank.
6. Make Thanksgiving cookies or treats and drop them off at the firehouse, police station, or hospital. It is a lovely way to acknowledge those who serve the community during the holidays. Use these free Thanksgiving printables to add tags to your gifts.
7. Do you know someone who lives far away from family and friends? Invite them to come over and enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with your family.
Now It’s Your Turn
These are just a few ideas. Do you have any to add to the list? Please share your ideas in the comments below.