Introduce Kids to a Kindness Elf This Holiday Season (Free Printable!)

Plus 25 ideas for random acts of kindness that can help your kids remember the reason for the season

By Macaroni KID November 23, 2021

Spread some Christmas cheer for all to hear!

That is what this season is all about, right? So let's spread some kindness!

Consider a new tradition this holiday season: A Kindness Elf! The elf can help children complete an act of kindness every day.

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Want to introduce a Kindness Elf at your house? He can show up any time! We put together a free printable letter for you to download to explain the concept to your kids.

What you'll need for this project:

  • An elf (new or returning!)
  • Our printable letter introducing your elf to your kids
  • An empty and clean jar for your "elf" to fill with random acts of kindness ideas
  • Random acts of kindness written individually on pieces of paper or popsicle sticks

Each day your kids can pull a paper from the jar and complete the random act of kindness. You can also have them add their own ideas to the jar to make them feel even more connected to this project.

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25 ideas for random acts of kindness

Need some easy ideas for random acts of kindness your kids can do? Here are 25 ideas to help get you started. You can choose which ones work for your family, and add your own ideas to the mix! Simply write each on an individual piece of paper and add to your family's kindness jar.



Smile at everyone

Clean up your room

Play a game together

Take a dog for a walk

Donate to a food pantry

Compliment five friends

Donate classroom supplies

Hold the door open for others

Buy flowers for someone today

Tell a funny joke to make someone laugh

Bake some holiday cookies for a neighbor

Make a card for your teachers and coaches

Donate dog or cat supplies to an animal shelter

Visit a retirement home and give out cards and candy canes

Write a story or poem about the holidays to share with family

Leave a care package for the mailman or another delivery driver

Donate clothes and gently used toys to someone who needs them

Make a card or bake a holiday treat for the police or fire department

Give your sibling or friend a compliment and tell them why you love them

Pass out stickers or other small gifts to let friends know you're thinking about them

Write words of encouragement on sticky notes and leave them wherever a little kindness is needed

Have a no-trash lunch day by taking your lunch in reusable containers and utensils and a cloth napkin

Help with chores

Donate a new toy

Happy holidays!

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