199 acts of kindness for kids

199 Acts of Kindness: A Guide for Kids to Help Others

Last Updated on September 11, 2021.

There are many different ways to help people in need, and kids often think outside the box. This blog post is a list of 199 acts of kindness for children that can be done in their spare time. We hope this gives you some ideas on how to make your community a better place!

What are Acts of Kindness?

Acts of kindness are simple and fun ways to make people happy. Acts of kindness can be done by anyone at any time, even kids! And acts of kindness can be big or small. They can also be anonymous! Acts of kindness are a great way to make the world a better place.

Why Acts of Kindness are Good for Kids

Acts of kindness are a great way to teach kids about compassion and generosity. Acts of kindness can also help children learn how to be good citizens in their communities. It is never too early or late for kids to give back!

Kids who perform acts of kindness are also more likely to be happy and healthy. Acts of kindness can help with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, social skills, and empathy.

Giving Gifts

  • Regift extra items or unwanted gifts to someone who could use it
  • Pay for someone’s groceries at the grocery store
  • Give a lottery ticket to a stranger
  • Give a homeless person a care package
  • Organize a secret Santa
  • Send care packages to military overseas
  • Adopt a needy family for Christmas
  • Give a “just because” gift to someone you love
  • Make homemade gifts for Christmas
  • Put together a care basket for a sick friend
  • Buy flowers to donate to a nursing home

Super Simple Acts

  • Smile at a stranger as you walk by
  • Hold the door for someone behind you
  • Give a high-five to someone in the hallway
  • Try saying yes for the day
  • Say hello to everyone you see
  • Wave at kids on buses
  • Turn off the lights and electronics when you’re not using them
  • Let someone go in front of you in line
  • Leave kindness notes for your loved ones
  • Say please and thank you
  •  Introduce yourself when you meet someone new
  • Offer to shake hands
  • Use reusable bags 
  • Offer to return a stranger’s grocery cart
  • Learn CPR

Charity

  • Donate clothes to charity (leave a positive note in a pocket!)
  • Donate items from your pantry to the local food bank
  • Organize a toy drive for Christmas
  • Donate old movies to an orphanage
  • Volunteer to walk dogs at your local animal shelter
  • Volunteer to serve food at a local shelter
  • Collect old coats, hats, and mittens to donate to a shelter
  • Donate books to needy kids
  • Find a penpal in an orphanage
  • Donate this week’s pocket money to charity
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  • Trick or Treat for Canned Goods to Donate instead of candy
  • Ask for donations instead of birthday gifts
  • Adopt or sponsor an animal online
  • Collect money or items for your favorite charity
  •  Set up a little free pantry on your street
  • Donate coloring books and crayons to the children’s hospital
  • Offer tutoring for kids in your favorite subject
  • Sign up for mentoring program like Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Donate toys children in hospital
  • Donate pet food to a local shelter
  • Give blood
  • Donate a book to a doctor’s office waiting room
  • Start your own charity
acts of kindness for kids
acts of kindness for kids

Anonymous Acts of Kindness

  • Leave chalk messages in your neighborhood
  • Buy a coffee for a stranger
  • Leave kind messages painted on rocks in your city
  • Leave change in the vending machine
  • Clean up the area where you live by picking up litter.
  • Leave positive chalk messages around your city
  • Do a chore for someone without them knowing
  • Tape change to a parking meter
  • Leave pennies on the pavement
  • Leave happy notes around town for strangers to find
  • Pay for a stranger’s layaway christmas items
  • Contribute to a gofundme anonymously 
  • Pay for the person behind you in the drive thru 
  • Make cards for the elderly in retirement homes
  • Make a donation to a silent auction
  • Send food to local service members (i.e. fire department, police department, hospital)
  • Leave small value gift cards for strangers to find around town
  • Mow your neighbor’s lawn or shovel their snow without them seeing you
  • Publish letters of appreciation for local community groups in the newspaper
  • Return rogue carts in retail parking lots

In the Neighborhood

  • Bake and deliver cookies to your neighbors
  • Walk a neighbor’s dog
  • Bake dessert for a neighbor
  • Check in on an elderly neighbor
  • Leave bubbles on someone’s doorstep
  • Garden for a neighbor
  • Water a neighbors garden if they are away
  • Bring your neighbors’ wheelie bins or garbage cans up for them
  • Take care of someone’s pet while they’re away
  • Plant a tree
  • Give directions to someone who is lost
  • Organize a neighborhood barbecue
  • Plant and care for flowers in the community common space
  • Build a little free library on your street
  • Offer to babysit for younger kids in the neighborhood
  • Clean the snow off your neighbors car
  • Notify neighbors of open fences, garage doors, etc. when you notice them
  • Start a neighborhood group on social media
  • Share your garden harvest with your neighbors
  • Hold a free neighborhood carwash

Out and About

  • Offer to pack the shopping bags of the person behind you at the supermarket
  • Give out free hugs
  • Give out compliments to strangers
  • Offer help to a stranger in need (like the elderly or a mom with her hands full)
  • Hold the door open for people all day
  • Ring an elderly relative and have a nice chat with them
  • Help someone cross the road
  • Buy a drink for someone
  • Dry the slides at the park with a towel after it rains
  • Leave kindness stones at the park
  • Leave a quarter in the cart at a discount grocery store
  • Make conversation with a stranger
  • Have a positive attitude when things go wrong
  • Give cold water bottles to people working out in the heat
  • Help someone struggling to carry items

For Yourself

  • Use positive affirmations every day
  • Make time to do something you love
  • Make a personal time capsule
  • Practice journaling
  • Start a Gratitude List
  • Forgive yourself for mistakes
  • compliment yourself on accomplishments
  • Set goals for yourself
  • Practice calming strategies and breathing techniques
  • Take a walk by yourself
  • Read
  • Learn self defense strategies
  • Ask for help when you need it
  • Watch your favorite movie
  • Buy yourself a gift
  • Prioritize your sleep

At School

  • Invite someone new to sit with you at lunch
  • Sharpen all the pencils in the classroom
  • Give your librarian a homemade bookmark to say thanks
  • Introduce yourself to someone new at school
  • Give books to your school library
  • Bring flowers to your teacher
  • Compliment a classmate on their work
  • Let someone cut you in the lunch line
  • Tell your principal how great your teacher is
  • Buy extra school supplies for a teacher
  • Write thank you cards for your teacher or coach
  • Take cookies for everyone in your class 
  •  Make a thank you card for the school crossing staff
  • Invite a new friend for a play date or out to play
  • Volunteer to help coach younger kids at sports
  • Help your coach with any sports equipment
  • Offer your seat on the bus or at school 
  • Clean up after yourself in the cafeteria
  • Keep your locker and workspace tidy
  • Offer to do classroom chores for your teacher
  • Write a thank you note to the lunch lady
  • Pay for a friend’s (or a stranger’s) lunch
  • Stay late to help a teacher

With Your Family

  • Write a happy note to your sibling(s)
  • Send out holiday cards to your family
  • Call your grandparents and ask them about their childhood
  • Bring your parents breakfast in bed
  • Write a letter to your mum and dad saying why you think they are special
  • Give someone a hug coupon
  • Write a letter to your sibling telling them why you love them
  • Offer to help an elderly family member
  • Help your sibling with homework
  • Decorate your home for your sibling’s birthday
  •  Do a load of laundry for your parents

At Home

  • Build a birdhouse or bird feeder
  • Tidy your bedroom without being asked
  • Make some kindness hearts to display on your window
  • Help make dinner
  • Reuse paper when you are drawing
  • Make someone else’s bed
  • Sort the recycling
  • Make a homemade gift for someone
  • Clean up your toys without being asked
  • Set the table for dinner
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth
  • Tell someone why they are special to you
  • Write a thank you note for the garbage collectors and mail carrier
  • Help around the house without being asked to
  • Leave out water and seeds for the birds
  • Wash your family cars
  • Make a busy bag for your younger sibling
  • Empty all the waste baskets at home
  • Empty the dishwasher without being asked
  • Put your shoes and coat away every day

With Your Friends

  • Pass on some of your books to friends
  • Tell a joke
  • Invite friends over for a playdate
  • Visit a sick friend or relative
  • Plan a picnic with your friends
  • Send a postcard to a friend
  • Pass out stickers to friends
  • Handout ice pops/popsicles to friends
  • Make a homemade toy for a friend
  • Write a poem for a friend
  • Take a friend out to the movies
  • Call a friend you haven’t seen in a while to say hello
  • Push a friend on a swing
  • Play a board game with your friends
  • Read a book to a friend
  • Tell your friends you care
  • Take a friend out to dinner
  • Tutor a friend who’s struggling with schoolwork
  • Buy ice cream from the ice cream van for friends
  • Invite a friend to play on the playground
  • Make a get-well card for sick friend
  • Teach a friend something new
  • Share a special toy with a friend
  • Tape a video message for faraway friends

The Bottom Line

Helping other people is a great way for kids to spend their free time. Acts of kindness can be done alone or with friends and family! Kids who perform acts of kindness also increase their chances at being happy, healthy, and well-adjusted adults in the future. Teaching children how to give back early will help them have a more positive future.

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