Kids Ideas for Spreading Kindness

Did you know that it's been proven that an act of kindness not only makes the receiver of a good deed feel great, but it makes the giver and even onlookers happy too. That's because when we give an act of kindness, a feel-good chemical called serotonin is released in our brain that helps us feel calm and happy!

Scientists have also proven that people can actually catch kindness! Yep, just like a bug, the more you give, the more it gets spread around to infect people with happiness. 

It's very exciting to think that one act of kindness can ripple out to many people. Can you imagine what would happen if everyone gave 3 acts of kindness every day!!! Wow, that might even change the world!

We challenge you to create your own Ripple of Kindness!

How? Easy!

little-star Just do 3 kind things each day for different people. little-star

There are heaps of ideas and examples on this page of how kids have been kind to others. It doesn't have to be complicated or cost any money, all you have to do is be considerate and friendly. You can even do anonymous acts of kindness and have fun hiding around the corner to see how people reaction. 

They help your ripple of kindness grow when you give them with an act of kindness because they remind the people you're kind towards to be kind to someone themselves.

To get some cards of your own, just take a photo and tell us about an act of kindness you've given or received and we'll send you 12 cards in the mail. 

Some of the great acts of kindness kids around the world have done. 

6-year-old Daniel from Melbourne helping his dad fix his Grandmother's garage door.

Aiden from Australia gave police officers directing traffic icy poles on a hot day.

8-year-old Jax from Texas, USA, raised over  $15,000 to help people who lost their homes during Hurricane Harvey. He also spread some cheer with our Hug Coupons and Kindness Cards.

Kaylee’s in 4th grade. She donate some toys to charity when her school used our Kindness Week checklists.

Alex, 11 from Ohio, USA donated his movies, toys, games & dress ups to adults with developmental disabilities & asked to help deliver them.

Marissa, 10 & Tristan, 6 from Ohio, USA used their allowance to buy Christmas gifts for the Angel Tree to make sure less fortunate kids received a present.

Kinder children from Alberta, Canada delivered coffee to construction wo​r​​​​kers next door to their school.

Twins from Canada love doing acts of kindness with their mum. Here they cleaned up litter at the local park.

Meagan and her 5-year-old daughter paint kindness rocks which they distribute within their community and place in the library's kindness garden.

10-year-old Kaylee from Bridge City, Texas taking out the trash for her Grandma.

These boys spread some happiness in by handing out over 50 origami hearts with a kindness mes​​​​s​​​​age inside.

3-year-old Calan took gifts to some fire-fighters to thank them for their service.

11-year-old Rose loves to dance and entertain.
It makes the residents of nursing homes in Coffs Harbour,
Australia so happy when she comes to visit.

Rose aged 11, Mikal 12 and Betty 8 love visiting nursing homes in Coffs Harbour, Australia to entertain the residents.

3-year-old Calan delivering cookies to his neighbours for Thanksgiving.

Ocean making port pillows for the local cancer centre. These help women with breast cancer after they've had surgery.

Calan put a painting in his mailbox with a message on it, thanking the postal workers for all of their hard work, especially over Christmas.

Isabelle and Aiden baked cookies and distributed them in their neighbourhood at Christmas time.

Ocean and Lulu helping collect essentials for people who lost everything in a 2014 landslide in Oso.

This sister and brother team made someone's day by leaving coins in the laundromat.

Stephen decided to help his neighbours by clearing the snow from their path and sidewalk.

When Cal went with his mom to a cafe, he saw their books were really old and tattered, so decided to give them some of his old books he didn't read anymore.

When Harry and Heath learned their friend and former classmate had cancer they also learned that cancer patients' lips and skin can get dry and chapped from chemo treatments. This is when they decided to help by making lip and body balm. They now donate all of the profits to cancer research.

13 year old boy in Australia helped his mum collect and gather Christmas gifts to deliver to disadvantaged families.

to send us your kindness idea or photo and a description of the kindness you've given. 

little-star I LOVE to hand out flowers to strangers at the grocery store. My mom will buy a dozen roses and then I go out to the front and hand out a rose to different people coming into grocery shop. I love seeing their smiles and making them happy. - Emma
little-star I cleaned up my neighbours front yard and left a card in their letterbox. - Reece
little-star I mopped the floors and wiped down the benches and cabinets to surprise my mum. - James
little-star I gave my brother a pea on a Kindness Card 'cause he likes them. - Mitchell
little-star When it was cold I gave my jersey to Tay. - Andiswae
little-star I made my mum's bed really fancy and cleaned her room. - 9 year old girl
little-star I made pancakes for mum and dad on the weekend.  I made my brother's bed. - Max
little-star I gave my friend $5 when he lost his money at the spring fair. - Trent
little-star I mowed my neighbours front lawn and naturestrip. - Max

little-star My brother and I got cricket bats for Christmas but my brother was sad because his was too big. I already had a good one, so I gave him mine. - Zac
little-star I helped my sister with her homework. - Ella  
little-star We helped cook sausages and sell books at a fundraiser. - James, Lachie, Max & Zac
little-star I got the remote for my dad so he didn't have to get up. - Hayden
little-star My friend dropped her pencils and I picked them up for her. - Tia  
little-star I gave my friend some of my really good football cards that he needed to complete his set. - Zac
little-star I tickled my mom's back. - Kyeta

little-star I gave someone clothes and shoes for the kids she adopted. - Shannon
little-star I helped my grandma wash the dishes. - Natalie
little-star I gave my bronze life saving medal to a girl who was so sad she did not have one! - Kyeta
little-star My mum and I took clothes we'd collected to a community meal for the homeless. - Max
little-star I helped my mom in the kitchen. - Courtney  
little-star I returned a dog to it's owner. - Year 7 girl
little-star I helped my seven year old cousin with his homework and read a story to him. - Tayla
little-star I took the dinner plates through to the kitchen without having to be asked. - Year 7 girl
little-star I helped my mom when she was feeling sick and comforted my sister when she was scared. - Demi
little-star I found a man’s wallet and returned it to its owner. - Year 7 girl
little-star I helped clean the tidal pool of all the litter - Year 7 girl

Some other great ideas kids had to inspire you to show kindness 

little-star Help out at home.  Carry something for someone when they need help. - Chloe
little-star Say thank you to someone when they play with you. - Tyler
little-star Make a cake for your parent's birthday.  Lend someone your ball. Save up and take your parents out to dinner. - Max
little-star Compliment people on good thing. Help someone with their spelling. Help your teacher hand out notices. - Zac  
little-star Get someone a drink of water. - Ethan 
little-star Help someone ride their bike. Lend a pencil to someone. Share your toys. Help your friend with their homework. - Lochie
little-star Give your mum money for doing stuff for you. - Emily  
little-star Let someone else go first. - Paige
little-star Hug people and make them feel happy when they are sad. - Year 4 girl
little-star Help with things mum and dad do like the dishes or setting the table. - Ebony
little-star Help raise money for charities. Help with shopping and compliment other people. - Sydney
little-star Take the rubbish bins in for your neighbour. Make a cup of tea or coffee for your mum or dad. Help someone make friends. Feed the dog. Set the table. Ask if your parents want the mowing done. Make someone's bed. Say thank you and sorry. Help dad cook the barbeque. - Year 3 children
little-star Play with someone if they're alone. - Year 4 boy 
little-star Make your own lunch and pack your bag. - Taylah
little-star Be happy when you help out. - Aaron 
little-star Water the plants around the house. - Tom
little-star Help out at home by cleaning, washing or even just place things in a neat way instead of just dumping it there. - Charlotte
little-star Invite someone over if they are bored at home. - Tamika  
little-star Read to your brother.Rose
little-star Help dad recover the furniture. - Taylah  
little-star Feed the animals when it's not your turn. - Shelby
little-star Make your mum breakfast. - Declan  
little-star Help your mum put clothes on the washing line. - Tia
little-star Offer someone your chocolate from the advent calendar. - Monique

little-star give a compliment  little-star ask why someone looks sad  little-star pick up rubbish  little-star make your parent's bed  little-star clean a friend's car  little-star do a job without being paid  little-star talk to a friend who looks lonely  little-star smile at people  little-star bake a cake for someone  little-star tell your grandparents you love them  little-star include people when you play  little-star give someone a big hug  little-star share your toys  return a shopping trolley  little-star pick something up for someone  little-star make a card to thank your teacher  little-star leave flowers on a windscreen  little-star show kindness towards everyone you meet

Kindness rocks are really fun to make. I wonder where you might think of hiding them for people to discover?

Eva - 1st grade

Johnny - Kindergarten

Kids from all over the world have used our checklists to spread kindness in their schools, homes and communities. They're free for anyone to download, so why not give them a try!

Kindness reported by parents

little-star My son had Spring Fair at school. When I arrived to share the day with him and his older brother, he was distraught. He was convinced that someone had taken the money he'd worked so hard to save for the day and had tears rolling down his face. As I took him in my arms to comfort him, his friend who was standing with us reached out and handed him $5. Don't worry, it's okay he said, you can have some of mine.

little-star My six year old daughter just donated 10 inches of her hair to Locks of Love. Her older sister has done it twice already and she was very excited to follow in her footsteps.

little-star My daughter Sabrina, a 7th grader had a sleep over this weekend. We (together) did several things to promote peace, friendship, and kindness. However, Sabrina stunned me, her friends and the workers in the mall where I took them after the sleep over. One girl Gwyna had only been in the mall a few times. She was excited by Build A Bear. We went on and shopped, but my daughter wanted to go back to Build A Bear. She insisted on Gwyna (age 13) getting her very FIRST and only Build A Bear. The girls put three hearts in the bear for the three of them and selected a BFF shirt for the bear to wear. My daughter paid with her own money. So awesome!!!!!!! Gwyna named her bear Snuggle Loves.

little-star My family and I went out for a game of squash today. On the way home, we saw the cutest little girls manning a lemonade stand outside their house. A big sign said "FREE LEMONADE". My husband instinctively knew he had to stop the car and off I went with lollies and kids kindness cards. I told the girls how beautiful their stand was and what a wonderful job they were doing showing people how easy it is to be kind. I explained about the ripple effect of their kindness and gave them some kindness cards to hand out with their free lemonade. I also told them how incredibly proud I was of them and what gorgeous people they are. Their smiles were priceless and you could see how proud their parents were sitting a little away but within a safe distance to help out if needed.

little-star My son is 2 & 1/2. I took him for a haircut and when the lady across from us sneezed, he got off his chair, went over to her, put his hand on her back and said you ok? I almost fell out of my chair!  He already says bless you when I sneeze. – Renee