As Mama’s we focus on a lot of things to teach our kids, from manners to sharing and being kind. One of the ways I encourage them to be kind is doing deeds for other people. Things that do more than benefit themselves. Even though I teach this throughout the year, it’s always a big focus during the holiday season. So I created a 12 Days of Good Deeds board for the girls. This is the perfect way to teaching good deeds for kids.
These boards are so much fun to make. The girls love using the Holiday Ziploc® Brand bags because they’re easy to open and close to drop in their good deed notes. And we’re excited this year’s theme is Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. But besides using these for our interactive boards, we use them for so many other things to help them achieve their daily good deeds.
We pack them with homemade cookies and take them to neighbors. We fill them with stickers to take to school. Also, keep a box in their playroom so they can pick-up their small toys and put them away. I love how versatile Ziploc® bags are, and you can’t beat the cute designs too!
Ok, back to the boards, that’s why you’re here, right? So, we start talking about this early. Sharing how we’ll create these fun boards, why we’re making them and start building excitement. Be sure to set a date so they have something to look forward to. We like December 11th because it’s the day before our boards ‘GO LIVE’.
Remember to share examples of what good deeds are. Like helping your sister pick up toys, helping a friend or saying something nice to friends at school. You can also point out when they do something nice, positive or helpful so they can start associating those with the purpose of the boards.
Next we have the girls write down their one BIG CHRISTMAS WISH. This can be anything, within reason of course, Haha. Otherwise Aria will definitely be writing something crazy on there!
But explain to them that in order to earn it they have to write down one positive thing they do each day to help someone. Put it in their Christmas Wish Ziploc® bag and close it up.
Finally on Christmas Eve we take each paper out of the bags and read them. This way the girls can hear and remember all of the helpful and friendly ways they helped others.
It’s so fun to see their faces when we read these. They just light up hearing about the good deeds they have done. It gives them positive reinforcement. But most of all, hearing about how they were kind to others.
My girls feel so proud of their accomplishments and how just the smallest little things can make a huge difference in someone’s day.
How to Make the 12 Days of Good Deeds Board
Get Supplies – Poster board, construction paper, glue, glitter, markers or whatever you want
Bags for poster board – The Holiday Ziploc® Brand bags are the best. They’re fun designs are festive and the kids love them.
Assemble the board(s) – get the kids involved. They always love doing art projects and crafts. This also adds a personal touch for them. Gives them ownership in it and gets them excited. As they’re making their board, this is the perfect time to remind them what the board is for and why they’re making it.
Find a spot to hang it – Find a place that they can see it every day. A spot that reminds them of their daily task to be kind and helpful.
Create a writing table – setup a little table next to it with the supplies they need to fill their bags. Have small strips of paper, markers, stickers, etc…to make this fun and exciting for them. You want it to be something they look forward to everyday.
Have Fun – Enjoy the time with your kids learning about ways they were helpful. Watch their little faces start glowing with pride as they realize these little things they may not have realized they do every single day.
This is not only a fun activity to do, but a great chance for you to teach about good deeds to kids. They learn so many new things about what it means to share, be helpful and being kind to others. It’s teaching them small things can have a huge impact, especially if they didn’t realize it.
Just be sure to review all of the good deeds they have been doing. This way they hear about them more than once and are reminded of things they can continue to do for others.
Thank you so much for stopping by! Now Get Out There Gorgeous and have a fantastic week!
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