After years of wanting an Advent calendar, I finally found one that I love. In typical Ali fashion, I want to use this as an opportunity to teach my daughter important life lessons. So… my Advent calendar had turned into a Kindness Calendar for my daughter. She gets excited to open a drawer each day to find a random act of kindness sometimes with a small treat (Hershey kiss/ sticker/ eraser/ play tattoo/ small accessory/ ball) that she will get once she’s completed that act for the day. As you can see, some are easy acts and others are a little more involved. This list is not in any particular order. If December 15th is a Saturday, which means you have a little more time, plan on that day to make cookies to donate. Kindness acts with friends should take place during school days etc. Make this work for you and be realistic with your expectations otherwise, it’s not going to work. Also, make it age-appropriate. My daughter is five so these small kindness acts work for her for now but if you have an older child, maybe incorporate kindness acts such as volunteering or shoveling an elderly neighbor’s walkway. Possibilities are endless! Feel free to print out this list or just use this as inspiration to create actions for your own Kindness Calendar. If you’ve been thinking about getting an Advent Calendar but just haven’t gotten around to it, check this and this one from Amazon! Look at this adorable Advent Calendar for the little boy in your life that loves trains! Omg they are so gorgeous! I wish I had looked here first! It is so important that we teach our children starting as young as five that they too have the power to make a difference in this world- one small act of kindness at a time, and what better time to spread cheer than the holidays!
Acts of Kindness for each day of Advent Calendar:
1. Take a quarter from piggy bank to donate to Salvation Army.
2. Call grandparents to say a quick hello.
3. Help mommy with a specific chore.
4. Ask a lonely friend at school to play with you.
5. Draw a picture to give to a friend at school.
6. Give 5 compliments to give to different friends at school.
7. Go to grocery store with mom or dad to buy a nonperishable food item and donate it to food collection of choosing. (Have them place it in the box).
8. Help daddy with a chore.
9. Call aunts and uncles to say a quick hello.
10. Open the door for friends at school.
11. Help the teacher at school by cleaning up after class.
12. Encourage a friend at school.
13. Make cookies with mommy or daddy to donate to the local firehouse or organization of choosing.
14. Paint a kindness rock and leave it by a friend or family’s mailbox.
15. Kind act of your own choosing. (Give them ownership of their kind actions!)
16. Donate a clothing item or gently used toy to Goodwill.
17. Write a note with a kind message and send it to a faraway family member. (Have them put on the stamp themselves and place it in the mailbox).
18. Read a short story to a family member, pet, or toy (i.e. baby brother/sister, parent, a doll or stuffed animal).
19. Donate an unwrapped toy to a toy drive.
20. Make special thank-you cards to give to teachers/ caregivers. Get creative with this one!
21. Call grandparents to say a quick hello (be sure they have the phone and talk to each grandparent).
22. Make an ornament to give to a neighbor.
23. Make personalized Christmas cards for grandparents / close family members.
24. Make cookies for Santa. (Let your child/children arrange them on the plate for Santa on Christmas Eve).
Let me know if you have any other unique Advent Calendar traditions , I might just use them next year!