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!
Just do 3 kind things each day for different people.
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.
to send us your kindness idea or photo and a description of the kindness you've given.
I get my friend's jacket every day at lunch when he leaves it on the basketball court. - Zac
I cleaned up my neighbours front yard and left a card in their letterbox. - Reece
I mopped the floors and wiped down the benches and cabinets to surprise my mum. - James
I gave my brother a pea on a Kindness Card 'cause he likes them. - Mitchell
When it was cold I gave my jersey to Tay. - Andiswae
I picked up my friends lunchbox off the floor and put it back in his bag. - Zac
I made my mum's bed really fancy and cleaned her room. - 9 year old girl
I made pancakes for mum and dad on the weekend. I made my brother's bed. - Max
I gave my friend $5 when he lost his money at the spring fair. - Trent
I mowed my neighbours front lawn and naturestrip. - Max
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
I took a little girl who was hurt to the office. - Izabella
I helped my sister with her homework. - Ella
I walked a teacher up the stairs to cheer her up. - Fumni
We helped cook sausages and sell books at a fundraiser. - James, Lachie, Max & Zac
I got the remote for my dad so he didn't have to get up. - Hayden
My friend dropped her pencils and I picked them up for her. - Tia
I ran errands for my teacher. - Year 7 girl
I gave my friend some of my really good football cards that he needed to complete his set. - Zac
I helped the principal with cleaning up the school. - Lachie
I helped my teachers take down the posters. I bought clothes for the poor. - Pabalo
I complimented my teacher and left a kindness card for her to pass on. - Kyeta
I left a kindness card and a chocolate on my teacher's desk. - Zac
I tickled my mom's back. - Kyeta
I gave someone clothes and shoes for the kids she adopted. - Shannon
I looked after a teacher's dog while she was teaching. - Ashleigh
I lent a ball to someone at school. - Max
I helped my grandma wash the dishes. - Natalie
I gave my bronze life saving medal to a girl who was so sad she did not have one! - Kyeta
My mum and I took clothes we'd collected to a community meal for the homeless. - Max
I helped my mom in the kitchen. - Courtney
I returned a dog to it's owner. - Year 7 girl
I helped my seven year old cousin with his homework and read a story to him. - Tayla
I took the dinner plates through to the kitchen without having to be asked. - Year 7 girl
I helped my mom when she was feeling sick and comforted my sister when she was scared. - Demi
I found a man’s wallet and returned it to its owner. - Year 7 girl
I helped clean the tidal pool of all the litter - Year 7 girl
I brought extra cut-out comic strips to school in case anyone forgot them for our lesson. - Year 7 girl
Some other great ideas kids had to inspire you to show kindness
Help out at home. Carry something for someone when they need help. - Chloe
Say thank you to someone when they play with you. - Tyler
Make a cake for your parent's birthday. Lend someone your ball. Save up and take your parents out to dinner. - Max
Compliment people on good thing. Help someone with their spelling. Help your teacher hand out notices. - Zac
Get someone a drink of water. - Ethan
Help someone ride their bike. Lend a pencil to someone. Share your toys. Help your friend with their homework. - Lochie
Give your mum money for doing stuff for you. - Emily
Let someone else go first. - Paige
Hug people and make them feel happy when they are sad. - Year 4 girl
Help with things mum and dad do like the dishes or setting the table. - Ebony
Help raise money for charities. Help with shopping and compliment other people. - Sydney
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
Play with someone if they're alone. - Year 4 boy
Make your own lunch and pack your bag. - Taylah
Be happy when you help out. - Aaron
Water the plants around the house. - Tom
Help out at home by cleaning, washing or even just place things in a neat way instead of just dumping it there. - Charlotte
Invite someone over if they are bored at home. - Tamika
Read to your brother. - Rose
Help dad recover the furniture. - Taylah
Feed the animals when it's not your turn. - Shelby
Make your mum breakfast. - Declan
Help your mum put clothes on the washing line. - Tia
Offer someone your chocolate from the advent calendar. - Monique
give a compliment ask why someone looks sad pick up rubbish make your parent's bed clean a friend's car do a job without being paid talk to a friend who looks lonely smile at people bake a cake for someone tell your grandparents you love them include people when you play give someone a big hug share your toys return a shopping trolley pick something up for someone make a card to thank your teacher leave flowers on a windscreen show kindness towards everyone you meet
Kindness reported by parents
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.
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.
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.
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.
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