This is a sponsored post in collaboration with “Clangers” and Coolabi. All opinions are my own.
My kids are selfish and so are yours. It’s natural for kids to be that way though. We need to teach them how to share and also how to give. It starts as young as when kids are babies and they cry when another baby takes their toy. Sharing is an every day lesson with my two little girls. Teaching a preschooler how to give to charity isn’t a daily lesson, but it’s an important one especially around the holidays.
Did you know it’s almost World Kindness Day? This year (2015) it is on Friday, November 13th. Did you even know there was a special day for that? In some ways it’s sad that we need a reminder to be kind on one specific day, when we should be kind every day of the year. But I think it’s more about celebrating the wonderful and kind things we may be doing every day and take it up a notch.
It’s also a great chance to show my kids how to be kind. Since we’re not born knowing how to be kind and help people, it’s something we need to learn and teach out children. Preschoolers are at such a delicate age for soaking up knowledge and it is never too early to teach our children to be kind to others.
Being a part of the Clangers campaign to increase awareness of #WorldKindnessDay on November 13th, was an opportunity for me to teach my preschooler about giving to charity, and other little kids less fortunate than she is.
Whenever I teach her about giving to charity, I always like to make it easy for her to understand. When I get her involved, a lot of times we give to other little kids so she can understand what it means a little better. And this lesson is not something that is a one time thing – when she is learning something, she needs to hear the same message over and over again to really understand it.
Some of the ways we teach giving is:
- Purging old clothes that don’t fit
- Donating to the homeless
- Participating in fundraisers
Clangers is a British TV series about a family of cute little pink aliens that spread kindness through their Blue Planet.
To celebrate World Kindness Day, my family decided to donate hats and mittens to children in need through my daughter’s preschool. It was perfect, because it is for other little kids and it’s also supporting the efforts of her preschool to provide warm weather gear to kids that need it. They needed hats and mittens for school aged kids from Kindergarten to Sixth Grade.
We decided to head out to our local Target – because Target has everything right? It’s one of my favorite stores. If you need any more reasons to love Target, you can read about 10 reasons I love Target here.
It’s just starting to get cold here in Denver, so I expected a large selection of hats and mittens. But we actually had a hard time finding them in the store. Maybe because it is supposed to snow this week, and people were getting ready.
We finally found two sets of hats and mittens – one for a boy and one for a girl. The boy set is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and the girl set is a black and tan animal print. Hopefully the boy and girl who get these hats and mittens will like them and wear them often. It can get really cold in Colorado and hats and mittens are a must!
5 Ways of Teaching A Preschooler How to Give To Charity
- Make it fun – Everything is better when it’s fun. It’s not a chore to do a good deed. It’s fun to help other people.
- Make them feel included – It’s important to make sure the kids are included. This is something we are doing together and not something Mommy is doing on her own.
- Make it relatable – For example, we are giving the hats and mittens to other little kids. This is something my preschooler can understand and relate to.
- Let them help – Kids love to help. Let them carry the items and place them in the charity bin themselves.
- Repeat the process – Kids don’t learn things the first time they learn it. So repeat the process often so they can learn how to give to charity.
My daughters loved picking the hats out for the other kids. Of course, they wanted to try them on and keep them, but that’s part of what makes this a lesson. We are giving something to someone else and not keeping it. That’s why I let my daughter try on the hat – to experience the giving a little more.
How do YOU create kindness?
Let us know how you and your kids can #createkindness any day of the year. Share your ideas and actions here in the comments or on social media with the hashtag #clangersforkindness.