30 Ways For Kids To Show Kindness, Starting Today

What the world needs now -- and arguably always -- is a little extra of kindness, right? We've come up with 30 small ways that kids of all ages can do something nice for others. Hopefully those efforts will rub off on others, and before we know it there will be a full-blown kindness movement sweeping the nation.

Let's spread it like confetti, friends!

Spreading kindness like confetti | Southwest Michigan Kids


  • Rake the leaves for your neighbor

  • Pick up litter on your block

  • Hold the door open for someone

  • Buy popsicles or cupcakes and deliver them to your local police or fire station

  • Smile at a stranger

  • Volunteer for an hour at your local animal shelter

  • Paint rocks with happy pictures and messages and leave them around town

  • Pick or buy flowers and hand them out to strangers

  • Draw cheerful pictures and messages of love on the sidewalks around town with chalk

  • Drop off your extra Halloween candy for Operation Gratitude


  • Ask someone new to sit by you at lunch

  • Donate books to your library

  • Make your teacher a thank you card

  • Give your schoolmate a sincere compliment

  • Offer to let someone take a turn first

  • Bring your teacher some gourmet coffee or tea

  • Tell your bus driver thank you before getting off the bus

  • Write a note to leave in your library book

  • Speak up if you see someone being bullied

  • Ask someone if they need help


  • Secretly make your sibling's bed

  • Help set the table at dinner

  • Make and hang a winter bird feeder

  • Clean your room without being asked

  • Help take out the recycling

  • Bake homemade treats for your pet

  • Make your parents breakfast in bed (ask one to help if needed)

  • Go through your toys and select one or two to donate to your local thrift store

  • Help put away the groceries

  • Turn the water off while brushing your teeth

Originally posted 11/2016.

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