30 Random Acts of Kindness for Kids


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A couple of weeks ago, I shared 25 ideas for random acts of kindness for your husband. Today, I’ve got 30 more random acts of kindness for kids. I may or may not have indicated that there would be two more lists – one for young kids and one for teens. Then, I may or may not have gotten crazy busy, run out of time, and combined it all into one list for kids, tweens, and teens.

But we won’t discuss that. Real life, y’all. I’m sure you can think of some things to add to this list – that’s what the comments are for. With your help, we can brainstorm a fantastic list to let our kids know they’re loved.

30 Random Acts of Kindness for Kids, Tweens, and Teens

30 Random Acts of Kindness for Your Kids

1. Take them out for one-on-one breakfast dates. If breakfast doesn’t work for you, you could try lunch, dinner, or a dessert date. You could even do an in-house date, waking one child earlier than the others, letting one stay up later, or just having your meal or snack away from everyone else. {If your teens are like mine, waking them early is NOT a good idea, but ‘ya know, your kids may be different than mine.}

2. Do their least favorite household chore for them.

3. Leave them a love note in a drawer or a school book.

4. Send them a letter. Yes, with a stamp and everything. Teens probably won’t care about this {or they may think you’re crazy}, but younger kids love getting mail.

5. Prepare their favorite meal or dessert.

6. Spend some one-on-one activity time with them. Color, paint, play Nerf wars, play video games – whatever your child likes to do.

7. Take them on a spur-of-the-moment field trip.

8. Put the books aside for a day and have a snuggle in bed and read/watch movies day. Don’t forget the popcorn.

9. Take a mid-day trip to the second-run movie theater.

10. Build a snowman or have a snowball fight despite the fact that you don’t like being cold and wet. If there’s no snow at your house, have an indoor snowball fight with socks.

11. Buy them their own personal roll of bubble wrap. Seriously, what is it about that stuff?

12. Buy a carton of ice cream just because – or, if you’re fortunate enough to live near an ice cream shop that offers a dollar scoop night, take advantage of it. {Years ago when my husband was out of town, I asked the kids if they wanted ice cream for dinner that night. They still talk about that night and how awesome it was!}

13. Take your tween or teen to the mall.

14. Blow bubbles with them.

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15. Go to the park.

16. Listen to their music in the car.

17. Clean their room for them. (This is a random act of kindness suggestion, not a “do it all the time” suggestion. Just so you know.)

18. Buy them an inexpensive treat at the store – just something that says, “I was thinking of you.” Suggestions include candy, a book or magazine, nail polish, a small toy, or their favorite cereal.

19. Go out for doughnuts. We don’t do this often, but we did one night recently. My daughter was at work but was going to be home around the same time we were going to be. While sitting in the drive-thru line, I texted her a photo of the doughnut shop sign. Her reply made us all laugh: Y’all are wonderful people.

20. Pray for them.

21. Give your teens a little gas or car wash money.

22. Take them the lunch (or books or whatever) that they forgot at home – without grumbling. (I’m thinking teens, here. Your littles probably won’t be going too many places without you.)

23. Arrange a play date with a friend.

24. Let them help you bake cookies – and lick the spoon.

25. Let them stay up a little later – just for tonight.

26. Take them to the jump park in the middle of the week. No, really. They like that. {grin}

27. Eat dessert before supper tonight. {My teens love me for this!!}

28. Surprise them by doing something you know they want to do but haven’t asked (or bugged) you about.

29. Say yes to that idea that they think you’re going to say no to, even if it means cleaning up a mess.

30. Build a fort. Because forts are awesome.

What random act of kindness ideas would you add?

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Wendy is one of the owners of Hip Homeschool Moms, Only Passionate Curiosity, Homeschool Road Trips, Love These Recipes, and Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She married her high school sweetheart, Scott, 29 years ago, and they live in the South with their three children. Hannah, age 25, has autism and was the first homeschool graduate in the family. Noah, age 24, was the second homeschool graduate and the first to leave the nest. Mary Grace, age 18, is the remaining homeschool student. Wendy loves working out and teaching Training for Warriors classes at her local gym. She also enjoys learning along with her family, educational travel, reading, and writing, and she attempts to grow an herb garden every summer with limited success.

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3 Comments

  1. I love this!! We’re good about doing random acts of kindness with the kids but not as good about doing it for them. Definitely going to do a few this week! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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