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Five year old Isabelle came home from school one day crying her eyes out. Apparently two little girls in her kindergarten class told her she couldn’t sit with them at lunch.
This of course hurt her feelings and made her very upset. Unfortunately, stories like Isabelle’s aren’t uncommon.
Kids being unkind to one another is a common problem in schools and also at home with siblings. This is why it’s so important that we cultivate a spirit of kindness in our children.
Teaching kids how to be kind is crucial to their social and emotional development. Kids who are kind tend to get along well with others, feel good about themselves, exhibit self-control, and are a positive influence on others.
Fortunately, getting kids to jump on the kindness bandwagon is not that difficult. According to Richard Weissbourd, a Harvard psychologist with the graduate school of education, who runs the Making Caring Common project, children are hard-wired to be kind and empathetic.
So how do we get kids to be kind? First, we model for them what being kind looks like, and then we encourage them to participate in acts of kindness that benefits others.
Patty O’Grady, Ph.D, an expert in neuroscience, emotional learning, and positive psychology states that “Children and adolescents do not learn kindness by only thinking about it and talking about it. Kindness is best learned by feeling it so that they can reproduce it.” One of the best ways for kids to “feel” what being kind feels like is by practicing acts of kindness.
These Kindness Scavenger Hunt activities offer a creative way to get kids to do kind deeds for others while having fun. These are perfect for younger kids, even for beginning readers.
More Kindness Resources
If you like this Kindness Scavenger Hunt, then you might also like this fun Kindness Explorer Activity Pack. It contains Kindness Scavenger hunts for both older and younger kids to complete at home and at school and a Kind Kids word search.
The activity bundle also includes this fun Kindness Explorer file folder game in which kids get to discover how to be kind to others!
In this game, children are given 54 Kind and Unkind scenario cards and must decide whether the behavior in each scenario is kind or unkind as they go on their Kindness Explorer journey.
All the best,