Featured Activity: Make a Kindness Countdown Chain
A kindness chain reminds us all the holiday season is about so much more than Santa and presents.
I spend a lot of time talking about kindness with my two- and four-year-old boys.
At their ages, parenting feels like I’m giving daily, even hourly, lessons in how to treat other people.
That’s why I love our December tradition of a kindness countdown chain — it reinforces what I’m already trying to teach them and it reminds us all that the holiday season is about so much more than Santa and presents.
In the end, you’ll have a 25-link paper chain with one act of kindness written for each day leading up to Christmas. Each morning in December, we remove one link from the paper chain and then start spreading kindness, whether that’s baking cookies for a neighbor or making a card for grandma. The paper chain is also great way to give little kids a visual countdown to Christmas.
This super simple family activity requires just three items: colored construction paper, a marker and a stapler.
Here’s how we make our chain:
- Cut 25 two-inch-wide strips of red and green construction paper
- Write one act of kindness on each strip
- Take one strip and form a circle and then staple it together where the ends meet
- Thread a second paper strip through the first circle and staple that one together to create a chain
- Continue with the chain until you have 25 links
Here are some ideas for acts of kindness:
- Make cards for loved ones
- Make cards for teachers
- Make a card for Santa
- Make a card for the mail carrier
- Send stickers in the mail to kids’ friends
- Give sibling a hug
- Tell mom/dad something you love about them
- Bake cookies for a neighbor
- Make dinner for a neighbor
- Leave cards with dollar bills on strangers’ cars
- Name three things you’re grateful for
- Donate a toy or book
- Donate clothes
- Clean your room
- Draw chalk rainbows on neighbors’ driveways
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