125+ Acts of Kindness Ideas for Kids

Updated on December 19, 2018
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Acts of Kindness Ideas for Kids
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No matter what age a person is in, an act of kindness always goes a long way. This is especially true for children. The younger they are when they learn love, kindness, and compassion, the higher the chance of them growing up to be individuals with golden hearts.

While this list is far from perfect, it does provide a lot of examples and ideas about doing good deeds and spreading kindness. If I must say so, it’s a good place to start sowing the seeds of kindness!

Start them young and raise them right. Let’s all make the world a better place for everyone!

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Personal Acts of Kindness

  • Always be patient.
  • Say “please” and “thank you” with a smile to everyone you meet.
  • Be a good listener.
  • Greet everyone "good morning" in the morning.
  • Be forgiving.
  • Say “hello” to everyone you see.
  • Think before you speak.
  • Ask for charitable donations instead of birthday gifts.
  • Teach someone something new.
  • Give high fives to friends.
  • Share a special toy with a friend.
  • Smile at everybody. It’s contagious.
  • Say, "happy birthday" outside of Facebook.
  • Call a friend you haven’t seen in a while to say hello.
  • Smile when you feel like scowling.
  • Respect other people's time.
  • Return borrowed things promptly and say thank you.
  • Be a role model.
  • Ignore your phone during conversations.
  • Write a letter to someone who made a difference in your life.
  • Give someone a second chance.
  • Tell someone how much you love them.
  • Always appreciate the people around you.
  • Compliment a friend.
  • Encourage someone.
  • Put clothing back on the hangers after you try them on.
  • Don't interrupt when someone else is talking.

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Good Deeds You Can Do at Home

  • Sweep the house without being asked to.
  • Throw out the trash.
  • Help your sibling learn something new.
  • Write a poem for your parents.
  • Write notes of appreciation for every family member.
  • Make someone else’s bed.
  • Make treats and toys for your pet.
  • Clear your own dishes. Then surprise your parents by clearing theirs too.
  • Tell your siblings how much you appreciate them.
  • Set the table for dinner.
  • Clean up your room without being asked.
  • Call your grandparents and ask them about their childhood.
  • Every night before you go to bed, think of three things you're grateful for.
  • Say thanks—just thanks—to your parents, for no particular reason.
  • Help clean up after a party.
  • Help make dinner at home.
  • Make a homemade gift for someone.
  • Spend some extra time playing with your pet(s).
  • Tell a family member how special they are to you.

Acts of Good Will at School

  • Help a teacher organize the classroom.
  • Tell the principal how great your teacher is.
  • Wave at the other kids on school buses.
  • Share your notes with a sick classmate.
  • Be a study buddy—or help a younger kid with homework.
  • Bring flowers to your teacher.
  • Make a teacher an appreciation gift.
  • Buy extra school supplies for a teacher’s classroom.
  • Talk to someone new at school.
  • Be extra kind to a classmate you don’t know.
  • Say thank you to a janitor.
  • Water the plants at school.
  • Send a get-well-soon card when a classmate gets sick.
  • Always be polite to your teachers and classmates.
  • Share your snacks with everyone.

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Kind Gestures That Make the World a Better Place

  • Save money to donate to a cause.
  • Adopt a pet from the animal shelter.
  • Offer your time to someone less fortunate.
  • Donate your used/outgrown clothes.
  • If it’s raining, share your umbrella with someone.
  • Set up a lemonade stand and donate the profits.
  • Donate coloring books and crayons to the children’s hospital.
  • If it’s a hot day, offer cold water to someone feeling the heat.
  • Help someone unload groceries at the store.
  • Collect money or items for your favorite charity.
  • Walk dogs at the animal shelter.
  • Offer your seat on the bus/train to someone who needs respite.
  • Help a senior citizen cross the street.
  • Do some community service.
  • Make little gift baskets for the other kids in your neighborhood.
  • Take care of someone’s pet while they’re away.
  • Donate musical instruments, sports equipment, and electronics you are no longer using.
  • Donate socks and supplies to the homeless shelter.
  • Donate a toy.
  • Return a lost item to its owner.
  • Say thank you when you see service members.
  • Donate used books to the library.
  • Help someone cross the street.
  • Create a gift basket for someone who’s sick at the hospital.
  • Help someone who is lost.
  • Make blankets for the homeless.
  • Make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for a local shelter.

Good Deeds for the Benefit of the Environment

  • Use less plastic.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
  • Clean up your neighborhood.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Plant something.
  • Reuse paper when you are drawing.
  • Pick up litter.
  • Conserve water and electricity.
  • Feed the birds.
  • Reduce, reuse, and recycle.
  • Escort the spider safely outside the house.
  • Turn off the lights when they’re not in use.

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Random Acts of Kindness

  • Sing a song to a random stranger.
  • Walk a neighbor’s dog.
  • Distribute random hugs.
  • Bury treasure at the playground for other kids to enjoy.
  • Write a poem for a friend.
  • Check in on an elderly neighbor.
  • Get some silly glasses and wear them until you make someone laugh.
  • Make a friendship bracelet and give it to a new friend.
  • Put a post-it note with a positive message like “Today will be awesome!” on a random door.
  • Offer to run an errand for someone.
  • Deliver a meal or a potted plant to a random neighbor.
  • Buy a cup of coffee for a stranger.
  • Draw or color a picture and give it to someone.
  • Send dessert to another family at a restaurant.
  • Let someone go ahead of you in line.
  • Pass out stickers to kids waiting in line.
  • Ask a stranger how they are feeling today, and actually listen to his/her answer.
  • Buy a small gift for someone.
  • Leave happy notes around town.
  • Send a friend a positive text.
  • Give someone the rest of your pack of gum.
  • Weed or shovel for a neighbor.
  • Help someone struggling with heavy bags.
  • Make two lunches and give one away.
  • Fill a kindness jar with candy for another family.
  • Do a chore for someone without them knowing.
  • Teach someone how to swim.
  • Hold the door open for someone.
  • Make someone laugh by telling them a funny joke.
  • Invite someone to play on the playground.
  • Bring someone a cup of hot chocolate on a cold day.
  • Read a book to someone.
  • Tell a manager how good their service was.
  • Leave a kind, funny, or inspiring note in a library book you’ve read.
  • Text someone just to say “good morning” or “good night.”
  • Give candy to your bank teller.
  • Frame your friend's favorite lyric or quote and give it to them with a nice note.
  • Make a get-well-soon card for someone.
  • Give someone a book you think they'd like.
  • Make someone a playlist.
  • Make a video to cheer someone up.

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