The best way to do that is to lead by example, which is something I am constantly reminding myself. I also love finding little activities that help them to show kindness to others without spending money.
I came up with these smile it forward compliment cards for a fun way to remind them that small things matter and kind words are important. It’s also wonderful to teach them that their actions can even influence a total stranger.
SMILE IT FORWARD KINDNESS ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
These printable cards can be given out to friends and family that may need a little smile or can be used as a fun random act of kindness project, which is the way that we used them.
What you’ll do is download the printables and place them in random places around your community for people to find. You may want to keep a small roll of tape with you so you can tape them onto bathroom mirrors or gas pumps. You can also leave them in store aisles or inside library books. The possibilities are endless!
I love the Plato quote, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” You never know what people may be going through. My goal with these compliment cards is for kids to think about the people that will find them. Are they having a bad day? A good day? Are they feeling sad about something? Do you think the note made them smile?
This activity serves as a great conversation starter with your little ones about other things they can do to be kind!