21 Kindness Activities for Kids

The world needs more kindness, and we can foster it in our kids through fun activities.

21 Kindness Activities for Kids

Kindness is one of the most important attributes we can help our kids learn. The best part is that it doesn’t take much teaching. Kids are hard-wired for kindness. They might just need a gentle reminder of what is already inside them.

How to Teach Kindness

Being kind and being nice are two different things. If we want our kids to learn empathy and kindness, we must help them understand what it is all about. The best way to teach kindness is to model it.

“You can’t be what you can’t see” – Marian Wright Edelman

Saying thank you and respecting our children is a way to teach kindness . When we make space for their big emotions and offer them empathy, we show them what kindness looks like. Being kind takes intention, and we can cultivate that through fun activities.

Here are 21 kindness activities for kids:

1. Kindness Journal

kindness journal

This activity is great for older kids who might need extra motivation in the kindness department. Adolescence is tricky to navigate. It is invaluable to give your teen the tools they need to examine their emotions and actions.

Fostering an attitude of kindness will stand your child in good stead as they grow.

A few writing prompts could be:

  • What was the last kind thing I did for someone?
  • What does kindness mean to me?
  • How could I help someone in need?

You can adapt this activity for younger kids so they can form the habit of keeping a journal. For example, smaller kids can draw acts of kindness rather than writing.

2. Group Games

The smile game.

This kindness activity works well with preschoolers. Draw a smiley face on a ball or bean bag. Put on some upbeat music and get the kids to throw the smiley face at each other. Whoever is holding the smiley face when the music stops has to say something kind to members of the group. 

The goal is to make them smile. Put a 15-second timer on, and the child scores a point for every smile they get. Games like this teach kids the power of saying something nice.

If You’re ‘Something’ and You Know It

This is a great game to make kids aware of the facial expressions associated with emotions. 

You sing it to the tune of “If you’re happy and you know it”, and you can insert different emotions. The kids will then have to make the corresponding facial expression.

This helps kids name, identify and respond to different feelings. It is a fun game to encourage empathy and teaches children how to show kindness.

3. Kindness Tree

kindness tree

A kindness tree is a great visual representation of your kids’ acts of kindness. 

You can make it out of paper, stick it on the wall, or use a branch. Each time your kids perform a kind act, they can write it on a leaf and add it to the tree.

A fun idea is to have them write how those acts made them feel on flowers and fruit. They can add these to the tree as a reminder that kindness leads to positive emotions.

4. Books and Skits

Teaching kindness through reading can go a long way, particularly with younger kids.

Here are some amazing books about kindness for kids:

  • Kindness Makes Us Strong by Sophie Beer
  • The Nice Book by David Ezra Stein
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
  • Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers
  • My Heart by Corinna Luyken

You can use these books as inspiration for skits and role-play. These will help reinforce the message of kindness.

5. Donations

Donating food, toys, clothes, and diapers is an important kindness activity for kids. It teaches them about people outside their immediate sphere and gives them a sense of community.

Helping others is a great way for kids to see the real and direct effects of kindness. Seeing the joy it brings will encourage them to keep it up.

6. Growing a Plant

growing a plant

Growing a seed is an easy way for kids to get hands-on experience with kindness. Nurturing a seed takes care, thoughtfulness, patience, and love. These are all qualities that we want our kids to practice. 

The kids can decorate their pots with a kind saying or action. You can encourage them to say one kind thing to their plants daily. Some kids might find it easier to say something kind to a plant before they start saying something kind to others.

7. Daily Kindness Affirmations

Doing kind acts for others is important, but so is being kind to yourself. Positive affirmations are essential for kids, so why not add kindness affirmations to your morning routine? If kids can feel positive about themselves, they will find it easier to be kind to others.

Here are 5 kindness affirmations for your morning routine:

  • Kindness lives in me
  • I choose kind words
  • Being kind makes me feel good
  • I can change someone’s day with kindness
  • I stand up for others

8. Kindness Coupons

Kindness coupons are a practical way for kids to practice being kind daily. They can have a coupon booklet filled with thoughtful acts they can do for their friends.

Not only will it get kids involved with being kind, but it will also show them that kindness is contagious. The fact that it makes you feel good is a bonus.

9. Kindness Coloring Pages

be kind coloring page

Coloring pages with kindness affirmations are a fun way of teaching kindness. They are creative and fun, and you can pin them up afterward as a colorful reminder. Younger children can have coloring pages of kind acts which are relatable and practical.

10. Random Acts of Kindness Mailbox

A random act of kindness mailbox is a fun idea that gets the whole family involved.

Write a list of kind acts on pieces of paper and post them into the mailbox at the start of the week. Then each family member can pick as many acts as they want to perform throughout the week. This kindness activity teaches children that being kind to others is a family affair.

Here are some ideas:

  • Help clean up without asking
  • Give someone a compliment
  • Text a funny meme
  • Make someone else’s bed
  • Pack away the groceries
  • Pick up litter

11. Kindness Worm

You can have a kindness worm at home or in the classroom. Start the beginning of the year with just a head and add on body segments as your kids do kind acts.

A worm is a great way for your kids to see kindness in action as the worm gets longer. The fun part is there is no limit on the number of segments you can add. The worm will just get longer and longer.

12. Kindness Bingo

kindness bingo

This fun kindness activity works for the whole family and encourages kindness throughout the month. 

Each family member can get their own bingo sheet filled with kindness ideas. They can cross off the acts as they complete them. The first person to complete the chart gets a prize. 

You could also have a family chart rather than individual ones. That way, you can include more significant acts, and your kids can see you modeling kindness. It is a simple way to create a culture of kindness in your home.

13. Kindness Songs

Singing is good for your soul and makes you happy. It is also something most kids love to do, so adding some kindness songs to your morning circle is sure to be a hit. Songs are also a catchy way for kids to remember important messages.

Here are some kindness song ideas for kids that are sure to get everyone up and moving:

  • It’s Easy To Be Kind
  • Kindness by the Juicebox Jukebox
  • Kindness is Free
  • Kindness Dance: Kindness Is Up To Us
  • Compassion Song

14. Smiling Challenge

This activity to teach kindness is a fun one for kids of all ages. Challenge your kids to smile at ten strangers to see who smiles back.

Smiling is infectious and spreading happiness and positivity is an act of kindness we could all do more of.

15. Kindness Bookmark

share a smile - kindness bookmark

The more we expose our kids to kindness, the more likely they are to internalize it.

Kindness bookmarks are great for your family read aloud and make thoughtful gifts. You can add pressed flowers and leaves and laminate them or use contact. Your kids can even keep a stash of bookmarks in the car, leave some at the library, or hand them out at the park.

16. Check-In Time

So often, we get caught up in the busyness of life that we forget to check in on the people closest to us. Having a daily check-in will teach your child to be more aware of other people’s feelings. You can chat to your kids about how they are feeling and find out how they are doing. 

Knowing their feelings are valid and accepted will help them be more understanding and accepting of others.

17. Kindness Spotlight

Each week choose a famous person who has demonstrated kindness. Giving kids a big picture view of how kindness has a ripple effect is powerful. Using real-life examples also gives your kids a positive role model to look up to.

An act of kindness can change the world and that is an impactful message to teach your kids.

18. Kindness Jar

kindness jar

This is an excellent activity for the classroom or at home. All you need is a jar, tub, bucket, really anything. You can also choose what you fill your kindness jar with. It could be pompoms, paper, rocks, you name it. 

You can even print a jar picture and add stickers to it. A printable jar allows you to stick it anywhere, move it around, or give one to each child.

The goal is to add to the jar every time someone does a kind act until it is full. Then you can get a reward as a class or family. A kindness jar teaches accountability and kindness. It also helps kids work together as they try to be more kind to each other.

19. Talking About Your Fears

Part of being kind is being empathetic. Talking about fears can work at home or in a classroom setting. Being vulnerable enough to discuss their concerns teaches kids to be kind to themselves and others.

20. Volunteer

Acts of community service are practical ways for kids to experience the joy of being kind. For example, you can visit a retirement home, walk dogs, or help at the local soup kitchen.

These are helpful ways for kids to understand the importance of kindness. They are also helpful actions that really make a difference.

21. Kindness Calendar

kindness calendar

If everyone needs an extra nudge to remember to be kind then a Kindness Calendar is a great family activity.

You can have a kindness calendar for each month or choose a couple of months of the year. Pick a different act of kindness for each day of the month. They can be small things that each member of the family can complete on their own or they can be bigger family projects. 

Kindness is Contagious, So Get Spreading

Kindness is a fantastic quality to have, and we should all try to incorporate more kind acts into our lives. The world could certainly do with more of it.

Teaching kindness to kids looks like fun activities, songs, but most importantly, daily actions. Kindness is something we can control, so take the time to spread some joy and watch as your kids do the same.

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How to Teach Kids About Cause and Effect in Their Lives

Well before kids can even understand the concept, parents start talking to them in terms of cause and effect. We say things like, "Once you eat all of your food , you can have some dessert," and "We need to brush your teeth or you'll get cavities." These comments help them start learning that for every cause, there is ​a related effect.

Cause and effect also comes up time and time again in learning in just about every subject:

  • In math , it's a way to make sense of concepts like the order of operations or regrouping.
  • In reading and writing , understanding cause and effect can help your child learn to read more critically and to write stories with captivating plots and fascinating characters.
  • In science, it helps your child understand the scientific method.
  • In history, it provides perspective for how a historical event is a culmination in the chain of a series of causes and events.
  • In social relationships, cause and effect is a key way of learning to engage more appropriately.

Here's a great activity to help teach kids about cause and effect.

Activity Goals

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The goal of this activity is that your child will learn about the relationship between cause and effect, recognize "clue words" that indicate cause and effect, understand that sometimes a cause can also be an effect (and vice versa), and see that these relationships can be found in all aspects of life.

Skills Targeted

The skills this activity targets include:

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Reading and verbal comprehension ("word clues")
  • The ability to understand that the outcomes are determined by prior actions or reactions

Activity to Teach Cause and Effect

  • Begin by reading a story together or doing a science experiment with a clear cause-effect outcome (like the  Dancing Raisin Experiment ). Then discuss the concept of cause and effect with your child. Ask them if they have ever heard the phrase before and, if so, see if they can explain what it means.
  • Continue your discussion by talking about how events are connected to each other and that the  cause  is the thing that makes something happen, while the  effect  is the thing that happens (the reaction).
  • Ask your child to provide you with an example of a cause and effect from the book you read or the experiment you did. Then see if they can provide one from real life as well. Ask:  Do things always happen in pairs of cause and effect and then stop? Are there times when something is caused by more than one thing or that the first reaction is the cause of another reaction?
  • Provide a simple example of an event that is a series of cause-effect relationships, either verbally or in pictures. You can sing a song like, “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly,” in which each thing the old lady swallows compels her to swallow something else which triggers another reaction and so forth, or you could simply pull up a picture of a Rube Goldberg machine to show how each action of a piece of the machine causes a reaction of another piece.

Recommended Reading

Laura Numeroff’s "If You Give..." series of books (including  If You Give a Mouse a Cookie , If You Take a Mouse to School , etc.). Even though each consequence or effect is more ridiculous than the next, these brilliantly illustrated books walk children step-by-step through cause and effect relationships, one sentence at a time.

Cause and Effect Clue Words

Once you and your child have talked about and read stories that deal with cause and effect, your child might have started to notice a pattern of words that indicate cause and effect. Ask them if they can list some of the “clue words” that they can use when they write or look for when they read that indicate cause and effect. For example:

  • As a result
  • Consequently
  • Nevertheless
  • The reason that/the reason for

Extend the Learning

Now that they know some clue words, ask your child to use some of these clue words to write a paragraph describing a cause and effect event that happened in their own life.

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81 Fun Things to Do with Kids at Home – Easy at Home Kids Activity Ideas!

Created On: April 30   |   Updated: April 30   |   Leave a comment

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Looking for fun things to do with kids at home? These fun at home kids activities are perfect for when your kids are home all summer or you just need ideas to keep your younger kids occupied during the school year! And be sure to check out the printable kids activity cards at the end of this post!

The end of the school year is almost here, and Mommas everywhere are frantically searching for fun things to do at home with kids, right? Well, if you’re looking for fun at home kids activities that don’t break the bank or require a ton of extra work on your part, then I’ve got you covered!

Last year, my kids and I made this super fun Summer Bucket List , and I let each of my kiddos pick five things that they absolutely 100% wanted to do during the summer break. We hung the printable bucket list on our fridge, and we crossed off items as we completed them. Not only was it an awesome way to keep track of the fun things that we all wanted to do, but since we planned the summer together, my kids really felt like their opinions mattered and they were able to take ownership of their time.

And I wasn’t mad about a few planned visits to our favorite local ice cream shop either!

And since you all LOVED my bored jar ideas , I decided to give you even more fun ideas for activities with kids at home!

Read on for some awesome ideas for at home kids activities… These ideas are suitable for most preschool and elementary aged kids, so around ages 4 through 12. And there’s over 80 different ideas, so you could even choose one different activity for every day of summer or one for each week of the school year!

Which at home kids activity will you try first?

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When to Use these Fun Activity Ideas

The most obvious time to whip out your big list of fun activities is during summer break when your kids are hollering “I’m Bored!”… But you can also use these awesome ideas any time that your kids are at home and need a little extra entertainment.

Here are some ideas for how to keep the fun going even after the school year has started back up again:

  • Draw one of the activity cards out of the stack as part of your Sunday night routine. Then, you can have the week to prepare (if needed) and do the fun activity on Friday.
  • Designate one weeknight each week as your “Fun At Home Activity Night”. Let your kids take turns choosing the activity for that week.
  • Save these fun things to do at home for school holidays or in-service days when your kids are out of school during the week.
  • Make an Activity Ideas Jar for kids to choose some fun at home activities whenever they’re bored! Be sure to check out my printable activity cards at the end of this post!

Fun Things to Do with Kids at Home

Without further ado, here is the giant list of fun at home kids activities! Most of these ideas require very few basic supplies, like markers or crayons, paper, or household items. And these fun things to do are easy, too!

Outdoor Activities for Kids

Driveway chalk walk.

Grab a bunch of sidewalk chalk, and create a walk-through exhibit of colored masterpieces in your driveway. Your kids can even draw a “path” to guide you through the chalk art “exhibits”. Look up pictures of “chalk walk” events on the internet for inspiration!

Supplies: large variety of colors of sidewalk chalk and thinner chalk, paper towel and bowl of water to “erase” mistakes

Silly String Fight

Pass out one can of silly string to each child. Set a timer and say “Ready, Set, Go!”. The child with the least amount of silly string on them at the end of time is the winner!

Supplies: cans of silly string

Balloon Tennis

Make tennis rackets using paper plates taped to the end of empty paper towel tubes or sticks. Blow up some balloons. Play “tennis” with the balloons as balls, and lay a rope or cord across the yard for the “net”.

Supplies: paper or styrofoam plates, tape, paper towel tubes or sticks, balloons, rope or cord

Lemonade Stand

Make some colorful poster board signs and a big pitcher of lemonade. You can even bake some brownies or cookie to sell also, and let kids pick a charity to donate their proceeds.

Supplies: lemonade, pitchers, disposable cups, poster boards and markers, table

kids having a lemonade stand

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

Print off a free printable scavenger hunt checklist and take a family walk around your neighborhood looking for the items on the list. You can even let your older kids use their cell phones to snap pictures of each item!

Supplies: free printable neighborhood scavenger hunt

free printable neighborhood scavenger hunt

Backyard Bugs Catch and Release

Use plastic jars, tissue boxes, or shoe boxes to create your own bug cages. Then, “catch” fireflies, caterpillars, or black ants in the backyard. Observe the bugs for a bit in the cages, then release them back to their homes.

Supplies: empty jars, tissue boxes, shoe boxes, or bug cages

Chalk Roads and Toy Cars

Draw highways, roads, gas stations, and other landmarks on your driveway with sidewalk chalk. Then, play with toy cars, animal figurines, or Barbies in the chalk city.

Supplies: sidewalk chalk, toy cars, dolls, or small plastic animals

DIY Ball Game

Let kids get creative and develop their own ball game to play outdoors! Let them search the house for things like aluminum foil, foam balls, laundry baskets, brooms, etc.

Supplies: household supplies, balls, some imagination!

Sidewalk Chalk and Four Square

Draw a 4 square game area in your driveway. Let kids decorate their own “squares” using sidewalk chalk. Then play a few rounds of 4 square with a ball.

Supplies: sidewalk chalk, ball that bounces (like a basketball)

DIY Fairy Houses

Build a home for your backyard fairies or bugs. Gather sticks, rocks, flowers, or other nature items and use them to build a mini house under a tree or the porch. Make a mini sign with cardboard that says “Welcome Home”.

Supplies: sticks, rocks, grass blades, flowers, other nature items

DIY Frisbee Golf

Get a few different colored frisbees. Set up large cardboard boxes, storage totes, or laundry hampers in the yard to make a frisbee golf course.

Supplies: frisbees, large household items (trash bins, hampers, boxes, etc)

Plant a Garden

Gather some old pots or jars, and fill them with potting soil. Plant flower or vegetable seeds in the pots. Kids can even paint the jars or pots before planting the seeds… maybe paint a picture of what plant is going in each pot. So, if you’re planting daisies, paint some colorful daisies on the outside of the pot.

Supplies: pots or jars or plant in your garden beds, potting soil, flower or vegetable seeds

child planting a flower

Sidewalk Chalk Scooter Maze

Draw a giant maze or “roads” on the driveway using sidewalk chalk. Then, drive scooters or toy cars through the maze.

Supplies: sidewalk chalk, scooters, bikes, etc.

Picnic on the Porch

Have kids help to make a picnic lunch. Then, set up blankets or towels on the porch for an outside lunch!

Supplies: picnic foods, blankets, towels

Catch Fireflies

Give each child a jar with small holes poked in the lid. At dusk, let them catch fireflies in the backyard. See who can catch the most in a set amount of time, then release them!

Supplies: jars with lids

Flashlight Tag

Gather a bunch of flashlights and glow sticks or necklaces. When it’s getting dark, play flashlight tag in the backyard. Whoever gets “tagged” by the light is it!

Supplies: flashlights, glow sticks, glow necklaces

Sidewalk Chalk Games

Get out the bucket of sidewalk chalk, and let kids play games in the driveway. Try tic-tac-toe, hangman, or dots! Or you can even recreate your favorite board game with sidewalk chalk!

Supplies: sidewalk chalk

board game drawn outside with sidewalk chalk

Plant Flowers for Neighbors

Brighten the day of an elderly or disabled neighbor! Offer to plant some flowers in their garden bed, or plant flowers in a small pot and drop it off on their porch!

Supplies: pots, potting soil, flowers, garden tools

Fun Water Activities for Kids

If you’re looking for fun activities to do at home during the summer time, then water play activities should be at the top of your list! Not only will these fun at home activities get your kids outside and off their electronic devices , but they’ll probably also wear them out a bit!

Sprinkler Day

Sometimes it’s nice to just set up a sprinkler in your yard and let the kids run and play! Don’t forget the sunscreen, and maybe serve some fruit popsicles as a snack!

Supplies: water hose and sprinkler attachment or fun kids’ sprinklers

Water Squirter Showdown

Gather water guns or squirters, get kids in their bathing suits, and have a fun and refreshing day in the sun! Set up large buckets of water in the yard for easy refills.

Supplies: water guns or squirters, buckets of water or garden hose

Car Wash for Toy Cars

Get buckets of water, dish soap, and mini sponges and set up a mini car wash in the driveway. Let kids “drive” their water-safe toy cars through and have a mini car wash!

Supplies: dish soap, water, toy cars, sponges, etc.

little girl washing her toy car

Sponge Ball Bucket Race

Make your own sponge balls or just use regular sponges. Set up one empty bucket and one bucket full of water on opposite sides of the yard. Kids race to fill their sponges on one side and wring them out on the other side.

Supplies: sponges, scissors, strings, water hose, buckets

Digging in the Ice

Fill a large freezer-safe bowl or plastic tote with water. Drop in a few water-safe toys like plastic animal figurines, toy cars, or bath toys. Freeze overnight. The next day, let kids work on “chipping away” at the ice block with kids’ forks or craft sticks to get to the toys inside!

Supplies: large plastic tote or large bowl, water-safe toys, forks or popsicle style craft sticks

Mud Kitchen Fun

On a rainy day, dress kids in their raincoats and send them outside with some kitchen pots, bowls, and utensils. Let them create a “mud kitchen” and make “mud pies”!

Supplies: kitchen utensils, bowls, pots, rain gear

Water Balloon Party

Invite friends over for a big water balloon party! We did this last year on the last day of school, and my kids absolutely LOVED it!

We used the “Bunch ‘O Balloons” to make filling a TON of water balloons super easy, and other neighborhood Moms chipped in with snacks like watermelon and cookies. The kids played outside for hours, and we even ordered pizza too!

Supplies: water balloons (I recommend these!) , water hose, snacks, neighborhood friends

water balloons

Slip ‘n Slide and Popsicles Day

Set up a slip ‘n slide in the yard. If you don’t have an actual slip ‘n slide, you can go here to see how to make your own slip and slide using heavy duty plastic sheeting and a garden hose. Serve popsicles or ice cream cones for a cool afternoon snack!

Supplies: slip ‘n slide, popsicles, water hose

Homemade Water Table

Make your own outdoor water table by filling a large plastic storage tote with water. Add bath toys, measuring cups, funnels, or other water-safe toys for hours of fun!

Supplies: large plastic storage tote, water hose, bath toys, kitchen utensils, etc.

Fun Craft Activities for Kids to Do at Home

If your kids are like mine, then arts and crafts are at the top of their favorite things to do at home! These fun activities for when the kids are at home are a great way to encourage your child’s creativity… and while they’re busy creating mini masterpieces, you may even be able to catch up on a little work at home. Win win!

Drawing Prompts Jar

Write drawing prompt ideas on slips of paper and add them to a jar. Let kids draw out one drawing prompt and set a timer. Have the kids draw what’s on their slip of paper. You can also go here for 90 awesome drawing prompts for kids and a free printable to use!

Supplies: jar, drawing prompts, paper, colored pencils, markers, other drawing supplies

sketch of an ice cream cone with a drawing prompt

DIY Board Game

Let kids create their own board game using a piece of poster board, construction paper, and markers. Borrow dice or a spinner from another game. Play the finished DIY game as a family!

Supplies: poster board, construction paper, markers, small items to use as game pieces, dice, etc.

Cell Phone Photographer

Give kids a cell phone and let them find artistic inspiration in the backyard. Have them take artsy photos of things in nature or items around the house. You can even show them how to use filters or take black and white photos.

Supplies: cell phone with camera

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Rock Painting

Let kids search the yard or neighborhood for smooth rocks. Set some paints and brushes outside and let them paint designs on their rocks. Display the rock art in your own garden or hide them around the neighborhood.

Supplies: rocks, paints, paintbrushes

painted rocks that look like birds

Cereal Jewelry Fashion Show

Set out bowls of cereal like Cheerios and Fruit Loops. Give kids yarn or string and let them create cereal necklaces and bracelets. Have a mini fashion show for them to showcase their creations!

Supplies: Cheerios, Fruit Loops, other cereals with holes in them, yarn or string

Coloring Competition

Print some coloring pages from online. For older kids, search “adult coloring pages”. Have a friendly coloring competition, and offer a little prize for the winner!

Supplies: printer, paper, coloring pages, crayons, colored pencils, etc.

Paper Plate Animals

Give each child a plain white paper plate. Set out paints, glue, sequins, pom poms, cotton balls, and other craft supplies. Let kids make their own animal faces using the paper plates… like these Paper Plate Bunny Crafts !

Supplies: white paper plates, assorted craft supplies, glue, markers, etc.

paper plate Easter bunny craft

YouTube Art Class

This is one of my 10 year old daughter’s favorite things to do at home! She loves the painting tutorials for kids that combine black Sharpie markers and watercolor paints!

Just search YouTube for kids’ art videos. Look for watercoloring tutorials, painting videos, or “how to draw” videos. Let kids follow along with the video to create their own art!

Supplies: TV or computer, YouTube, assorted art supplies

Paper Airplane Competition

Watch YouTube videos or print paper airplane templates from online. Decorate the paper planes with crayons and markers, and see which paper plane flies the farthest.

Supplies: plain paper, paper airplane tutorials

Mandala Picture Art

Print detailed mandala coloring pages from online. Set out fine-tipped markers or colored pencils. Let kids color their mandala masterpieces!

Supplies: printer, paper, colored pencils or markers

Handmade Cards

Set out markers, crayons, and construction paper and let kids make homemade cards to send to grandparents, to drop off at nursing homes, or to give to community helpers.

Supplies: construction paper, assorted arts and crafts supplies

Playdough Masterpieces

Set out the play dough and “tools” like plastic forks, rolling pins, etc. Have kids make their own masterpieces or use free printable play dough mats like these!

Supplies: play dough, plastic “tools”, play dough mats

child playing with number playdough mat

DIY Comic Strip

Have kids work together to create their own comic strip. Decide on names for the main characters and write a funny story. Have them turn their ideas into a comic, and show them photos of real comics as examples.

Supplies: paper, pencils, crayons, colored pencils

Silly Self Portraits

Give each child a piece of paper, colored pencils or crayons, and a small mirror. Let them make funny faces in the mirror and draw their own portraits!

Supplies: sketchbook or paper, colored pencils, crayons, pencils, mirror

Indoor At Home Activities for Kids

Pouring down rain and need to keep your kids busy with some fun things to do at home? These indoor at home activities are perfect for you!

DIY Putt Putt Course

Search the house for pots, cups, bowls, or other items that you can used to set up a mini golf course. Build your own putt putt course inside or even in the garage. Use wrapping paper tubes, bats, or sticks with cardboard “putter heads” taped on the ends for DIY golf clubs!

Supplies: household items like bowls, cups, wrapping paper tubes, etc.

A-Z Scavenger Hunt at Home

Give each child a paper with letters A to Z. Have them search the house for something that starts with each letter, and then write it on their paper… for example, A is for Apple, B is for Broom, etc.

Supplies: paper and pencil

Lego Building Challenge

Dump out all of the Legos and other building toys like Magna Tiles or Lincoln Logs, and have a friendly building competition! See who can make the most creative item or give kids a category as a guideline (like house, car, animal, etc).

Supplies: building toys like Legos, Lincoln Logs, etc.

Homemade Popsicles

Make your own creative popsicles with different fruit juices, fresh fruits, ice cream, sprinkles, or other fun mix-ins. You can also write ingredients down on slips of paper and draw some out of a hat to see what popsicles to make!

Supplies: popsicle molds (I recommend these!), fruit juices, fruit, other ingredients

Stay in your pajamas all day for a fun and lazy day at home! Let your kids read books, color pictures, play with Playdough, or do other fun activities at home. Serve breakfast for dinner!

Supplies: pajamas and a relaxation attitude!

Homemade Ice Cream

Have kids help you choose a recipe for homemade ice cream, then make it together. No ice cream maker, no problem! Search for “no-churn ice cream recipes”!

Supplies: ice cream ingredients, mix-ins and toppings

Learn Some Card Tricks

Search YouTube or the internet and learn some new card tricks. Let kids showcase their new tricks after dinner!

Supplies: playing cards, YouTube

DIY Twister Game

No Twister board, no problem! Use masking tape to tape numbers 1-6 in lines on the floor, about the same size as a Twister mat. Then roll a dice!

Supplies: masking or duct tape, dice

Laundry Ball

Set a laundry basket or hamper on the floor and try to throw a soft ball inside it from different points in the room. Have older kids stand farther away or use balloons to make it more challenging.

Supplies: laundry basket, soft foam ball, balloons

House Hide ‘n Seek

Play an old-fashioned game of hide ‘n seek. Or, have one person hide a small item like a stuffed animal for others to find… like an Easter egg hunt!

Supplies: nothing!

Dinner and a Show

Have kids spend the day making up a short skit. Let them search online for inspiration and camp skit ideas. Then, let them perform their skits after dinner!

Rainbow Fruit Kebabs

Make rainbow fruit kebabs for a healthy and pretty snack. Use as many brightly colored fruits as you can and stack them up on skewers. Freeze leftover fruits to use in homemade smoothies!

Supplies: variety of fresh fruits, wooden skewers

Blanket Fort Picnic

Make your best blanket fort in your living room. Then make a picnic lunch and serve it inside the fort! You can even set up a tablet inside the fort to watch a cartoon while you’re enjoying lunch!

Supplies: blankets, pillows, other blanket fort building supplies, picnic lunch

kids inside a blanket fort

YouTube Workout or Dance

Search YouTube for workouts or dance videos for kids. Find one that your kids will enjoy and let them sweat it out before nap time!

Supplies: YouTube on a TV

DIY Bean Bag Toss

Make your own bean bags by filling old socks with dry beans. Set up a bean bag toss course with laundry baskets, pots, or cardboard boxes. See how far back you can stand and make a “basket”.

Supplies: old socks, dry beans, laundry baskets, boxes, etc.

Learn Something New

Ask kids for suggestions on new things to learn… Then turn on YouTube for kid-friendly tutorials. Need some examples? Try how to draw a whale, how to paint watercolor flowers, or how to say a specific sentence in Spanish!

Supplies: YouTube and various other supplies depending on fun at home activities you pick

Song and Dance Party

Help kids learn all of the lyrics to their favorite song. Then, have them make up a dance to go with the song. Have a mini performance after dinner!

Supplies: music, internet to search for song lyrics

Root Beef Floats

Make your own root beer floats with soda and ice cream. Or, try Sprite and fruit sherbert for a fun flavor! Serve outside on a hot summer day!

Supplies: soda of your choice, ice cream or sherbert of your choice

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Quiet Time Activities

Sometimes kids just need some time to chill out and relax a little bit, even if they’re not going to actually take a nap. It’s good to mix in some quiet time activities while kids are at home all day, just to give them an opportunity to recharge their batteries.

Here are some fun and calm “quiet time” activities for kids to do at home:

Gratitude Journals

Help kids start their own gratitude journals! Get each child a blank notebook or print these free printable gratitude journals for kids . Let kids decorate their journals and write one thing they’re grateful for each day.

Supplies: blank notebook or printable journal pages, pencil or pen

printable gratitude journal for kids

Outside Reading

Grab some books and set up a blanket and pillows in a shaded area in your yard or on the porch. Have a relaxing afternoon of reading books together outside. (Popsicle refreshments optional!)

Supplies: blankets, pillows, books

I-Spy in the Clouds

Lay some blankets out in the grass. Take turns picking out shapes in the clouds, saying “I Spy” and then the shape you see. Other kids try to spot the shape.

Supplies: blankets, imagination

Outside Sketch Drawings

Give each child a sketchbook and a pencil. Let them find a shaded spot in the yard and sketch things that they see outside!

Supplies: sketchbook, pencils, blankets

Constellation Search

Print out pictures of constellations. Then on a clear night, set up blankets in the yard and search for those constellations in the sky!

Supplies: printer, internet, pictures of constellations, blankets

Virtual Field Trips

Search online for “virtual field trips”. Gather around the computer and enjoy exploring a museum or other attraction from home!

Supplies: Google and a computer

Reading Challenge

Print out some reading challenge sheets or reading logs. Start a reading challenge with your kids. Determine what the reward will be for reading 10, 25, or 50 books!

You can grab some awesome printable reading challenge sheets here !

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Fun Things to Do at Home as a Family

Of course it’s nice to set your preschoolers down with a few cans of Playdough and some printable Playdough mats and let them play independently. But it’s also nice to prioritize fun family activities that you can do together!

Here are some awesome activities that you can do at home with your kids to make special memories:

Nobody’s Birthday

Pick a random day to have a mini birthday party, just because! Research what famous people were born on that day. Bake a homemade cake, decorate it together, and make your own Happy Birthday banner!

Supplies: birthday cake, birthday decorations

Family Jigsaw Puzzle

Get a new, challenging puzzle and set the pieces out on your dining table or kitchen bar. Work on the puzzle together as a family. Try to finish it all at once, or take a week and work on a little bit each day.

My family did this a few months ago with this AWESOME puzzle… Granted my kids are a bit older (12 years old and 10 years old), but it was so fun to put the QR code puzzle together and scan it to see if we won the cash prize! Highly recommend!

Supplies: jigsaw puzzle

Garage Sale Walk

Take a morning walk on a Saturday when there are garage sales happening in your neighborhood. Give each child a budget of $5 and let them search for new-to-me treasures!

Supplies: cash, good walking shoes, stroller (optional)

Midnight Madness

Let kids stay up until midnight tonight… Madness, I know! Get out some board games, crafts, or movies for a night of family fun!

Supplies: fun activities to do at home with kids, probably some caffeine for mom and dad!

Bake ‘n Take

Spend the morning baking brownies, cookies, or other treats. Then, deliver them to elderly neighbors, the local firehouse, or leave in the mailbox for your mail person! Try my Momma’s Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies … so easy and delicious!

Supplies: homemade cookies, cupcakes, brownies, or other treats

peanut butter cookies with Hershey's Kisses in the middle

No-Bake Cookie Bake Off

Let each child pick their own recipe for no-bake cookies. All the kids makes their cookies at the same time. Try them to see which recipe you like best!

Supplies: ingredients for different no bake cookie recipes

Family Pizza and Movie Night

This is my kids’ favorite fun thing to do at home! And it’s mine, too! We have a weekly pizza and movie night, and it’s a great way to relax and unwind as a family.

You can order pizza or make your own, and turn on a family movie. Draw a movie title out of a hat to determine what you will watch. You can even set up a pizza picnic on the floor!

Supplies: pizza, movie to watch

Breakfast for Dinner

Have kids help you in the kitchen! Make homemade chocolate chip pancakes, eggs, and your favorite breakfast foods for dinner! Then, eat dinner in your pajamas!

Supplies: breakfast foods, pajamas

Living Room Camp Out

Set up sleeping bags and pillows in your living room floor. Pop some popcorn and watch a movie. You can even set up a tent in the living room for an overnight camp out!

Supplies: blankets, pillows, tent

Neighborhood Geocaching

Download the Geocaching app on your phone and see if there are any hidden “caches” in your neighborhood. If there aren’t any, hide your own! Search online for “geocaching” for more info on this fun activity!

Supplies: smartphone with GPS, geocaching app

Cookie Competition

Bake some plain sugar cookies or buy some already made. Get some different colors of icing, piping bags and tips, and sprinkles. Let kids decorate their own cookies. You can even turn it into a friendly competition for older kids!

Supplies: sugar cookies, decorating icing, piping bags and tips, sprinkles

Donations for Others

Help kids sort through their clothes, shoes, and toys. Make piles to donate to local churches or children’s homes. Take kids to deliver their donations, and stop for a treat on the way back home!

Supplies: donations, treat for afterwards

Ice Cream Social

Host an ice cream social for kids, their friends, or other neighborhood families! Get a few different kinds of ice cream and lots of fun mix-ins like sprinkles, fruit, candies, whipped cream, and sauces. Make it BYOB – Bring Your Own Bowl!

Supplies: ice cream, bowls, toppings

Roast Marshmallows

Get marshmallows, chocolate bars, and graham crackers for a yummy marshmallow roast! Have kids hunt for sticks in the backyard to use. Or, you can also make microwave s’mores!

Supplies: large marshmallows, sticks, graham crackers, chocolate bar

Outdoor Movie Night

Set up a large white sheet or screen in your backyard. Borrow a projector and show a family-friendly movie. Pop some popcorn and serve a variety of candies for a Make Your Own Popcorn Mix bar!

Supplies: sheet, projector screen, or blank white wall, projector, movie, blankets and pillows, movie snacks

Make a “Fun Activities at Home” Jar for Your Kids

So how can you actually remember all of these fun things to do at home with kids? Make an Activity Jar!

activities jar for kids with printable tag

Simply write the at home activity ideas down on slips of paper or jumbo craft sticks and add them to a jar. Or, you can grab the printable Activity Cards down below to easily create a jar full of fun activities to do at home with kids!

Then, when your kids are bored or when you’re planning your week of activities, you can let your kiddos draw one of the cards out of the jar! Kind of like a surprise activity for the day!

Printable Cards with Fun Things to Do at Home with the Kids

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Emotions for Kids: Lessons and Activities to Build Self-Awareness

Teaching emotions for kids is easy with these social-emotional learning ideas and activities for the classroom.

Emotions for Kids: Teaching emotions in the classroom

Social-emotional learning is a key component in teaching young children. You’ll find that a good part of your day is spent educating your students about how to recognize, manage and express feelings. Because of this, below are engaging ways to teach emotions for kids in your classroom.

Everything You Must Know to Teach Emotions to Kids

Why do students need help learning how to express healthy emotions and feelings?

Students learn healthy emotional habits and ways of expressing their feelings in several ways. They learn at home as well as in their interactions with their family and friends. Children tend to pick these things up naturally. They learn by watching how others respond and mimicking their behavior. Many kids are active in their churches, community centers, sports, and hobbies. In those places, they learn how to interact with friends and neighbors as well.

But, what about the students who don’t have such opportunities?

It’s up to us, as educators, to model, teach, and encourage them to practice healthy emotional responses to everyday situations and events! Helping children to express their feelings and handle difficult situations with calm is our ultimate goal.

1. Helping Kids Identify Different Emotions

Children should be taught the language necessary to label and identify the different emotions they may experience. The reason is, we need to let them know that feeling different emotion is normal. By giving them the vocabulary needed to describe how they’re feeling, you are encouraging them to express themselves productively.

  • Recognizing Facial Expressions and Body Language: Children need to learn how to identify their own emotions, as well as others. One way to do this is by learning to pay attention to their own body signals, such as a frown and queasy stomach when nervous, or balled fists and tight shoulders when angry. Once they can recognize it in themselves, they can pick up on facial expressions and body language of others and then learn to react accordingly. In your morning meetings, perhaps spend five minutes modeling and discussing different emotional states.
  • Clip Chart: One way to encourage recognition of feelings is to provide a visual reference for them to use. A clip chart helps students to recognize and identify how they are feeling. They simply place a clip on the chart in the space that shows how they are feeling.

Emotions for Kids: the way i feel clip cards

  • Play Games: One fun way to introduce, teach, and practice the names of emotions is to play an engaging game with students, such as these emoji card games, matching games, and board game .

2. Teaching Kids Healthy Expression of Emotions

We all feel the full range of emotions. Wherever they are on the happy or sad, engaged or bored, proud or embarrassed, ends of the spectrum, we can help them express those emotions in a safe and healthy way. The classroom is a great place to learn and practice!

  • “I Feel…” Statements: To learn how to express their feelings appropriately, students need to be taught how to use “I feel…” statements. Instead of screaming insults at another child who broke his crayon, little Johnny can say “I feel sad that you broke my crayon”, opening up the communication between the two students. This allows for healthy conflict resolution.
  • Coping with Extreme Emotions: Sometimes we must step in and help kids deal with the emotional roller coasters they sometimes find themselves on. Their extreme emotions get out of control and they need help finding their way back to calmness. We must realize that addressing the whole brain is key to understanding how to help them best.
  • Teaching Emotional Rights: It’s important for children to understand and assert their rights when it comes to emotions. This helps them maintain healthy boundaries with their friends and peers, and be respectful to teachers and adults.

Classroom Feelings Chart for Kids

3. Connecting Kids to Experiences with Emotions

Children learn to embrace their emotional state by realizing that it is normal and ok to feel the way they do. It’s our job to give them opportunities to label their feelings correctly. Emotional memory is strong! We can harness that power by helping students connect their experiences in the classroom with their emotions. By recognizing and acknowledging their feelings during a learning activity or classroom event, we can increase the chances of it sticking in our students’ long-term memory. You see, that’s why emotions for kids is so important!

  • Journaling:  Encouraging students to  journal about their feelings is helpful. They express their feelings by writing about learning tasks, field trips, or school events. For one, we often use this learning method in our classrooms for improving handwriting, spelling, vocabulary, and of course writing skills.
  • Emotion Sort: Have students sort pictures of children with experiencing different emotions . By doing so, they will gain practice recognizing facial expressions and body language and therefore, feel more confident understanding their own and others feelings.

Emotions for Kids: interactive charts

4. Teaching Kids about Brain Biology and Emotions

The human brain is a fascinating subject, even for the youngest learners. Teach them what the parts of the brain are called, and talk about how different parts of the brain control their emotions and feelings.

  • Brain Craftivity: Try this fun craft activity that teaches children about the parts of the brain that control the emotions .

Emotions for Kids: the brain controls emotions

  • Upstairs and Downstairs: To try to explain how the parts of our brain work together, and how the emotions part can sometimes take over, try explaining it in terms they can understand, such as the “upstairs and downstairs.”

5. Encouraging Kids to Have a Positive Mindset

Additionally, add in self-talk and self-motivation skills. Positive and encouraging self-talk will help your students succeed, and create a more positive classroom environment overall. For example, you can teach them ways to feel good and focus on positivity. Here are ways to influence them to have a good attitude at school and teach emotions for kids.

  • Create a Vision Board: Vision boards are used in all types of professions, from business to graphic design. They can be used in the classroom too! Help children visualize what they desire and what makes them happy. Precisely, when they have an image in their mind of what makes them thrive, they are more likely to reach their own goals, and ultimately succeed in the classroom.

Emotions for Kids: vision board

  • My Heart Map: This creative activity encourages children to thoughtfully consider what makes them happy and depict it on paper. It’s a great way to help them own and recognize their emotions and focus more on having a positive outlook.

Emotions for Kids: my heart map emotions activity

  • Teach Growth Mindset: Any lesson about emotions and feelings can easily be integrated into a growth mindset curriculum plan. The two go together like peas and carrots!

Resources for Teaching Emotions with Kids

Emotions self-awareness unit.

The Emotions: Social Emotional Learning Unit  includes 5 detailed, research-based lessons to teach emotions for kids. It is filled with hands-on and mindful activities. The curriculum teaches children about how their brain controls their emotions. It also teaches how to identify and express how they are feeling, and ways to encourage a positive mindset.

Emotions Book Companions

This emotional awareness resource includes 5 book companions on popular children’s books that relate to feelings and emotions (The Color Monster; The Feelings Book; Glad Monster, Sad Monster; F is for Feelings; In My Heart).

Children will participate in classroom discussions and book chats, share their feelings in written form, and participate in fun, engaging activities that build emotional awareness and social skills.

Emotions Book Companions on 5 Popular Children's Books

This emotions book companion resource includes a detailed lesson plan, guided questions, anchor chart, writing response, and follow-up activities (printable and digital included) for all 5 books. Great for distance learning and remote teaching of social-emotional skills!

FREE Emotions Lesson & Feelings Journal

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Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum

The mind + heart Social Emotional Learning Curriculum includes 8 units with 5+ detailed, character education, research-based LESSONS filled with TONS of hands-on and mindful ACTIVITIES that encourage children to express themselves and build important emotional and social skills. It includes emotions for kids!

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Title "Resposibility activities for kids" and an illustration of a kid hugging and caring for a pet

34 Activities to Teach Kids Responsibility

Teaching kids to be responsible: Activities and games that can help children develop a sense of responsibility in a fun and interactive way.

Responsibility is the state of being accountable for our actions, obligations, or duties. 

Responsibility involves the recognition and acceptance of the consequences, both positive and negative, that result from our choices and behaviors.

When we accept our responsibilities we: 

  • understand that our choices and actions have an impact on ourselves, others, and the wider community
  • strive to be reliable and trustworthy
  • endeavor to honor agreements and follow through on commitments, and 
  • learn from our mistakes and take steps to make amends or remediate the situation.

Overall, responsibility encompasses a sense of duty and integrity.

Table of Contents

  • Types of responsibility
  • How do you explain responsibility to kids?
  • The importance of responsibility
  • How do you teach responsibility to kids?
  • Personal Responsibility Activities
  • Social Responsibility Activities
  • Environmental Responsibility Activities

Types of Responsibility

There are many dimensions to responsibility:

  • Personal Responsibility Being accountable for our own actions, behaviors, and choices, taking ownership of our decisions, and accepting the consequences of our actions.  Personal responsibility also implies self-care and personal development.
  • Social Responsibility Being aware of and addressing the impact of one’s actions on society and the well-being of others. It may include contributing to our communities, promoting social justice, or advocating for positive change.
  • Environmental Responsibility Being mindful of the impact of our actions on the environment and taking steps to minimize harm and promote sustainability (recycling, conserving resources, reducing waste, and adopting environmentally-friendly habits). 
  • Professional Responsibility Fulfilling obligations and ethical standards in the workplace.
  • Legal Responsibility Understanding and complying with legal obligations and respecting the rights of others.
  • Ethical Responsibility Ethical responsibility relates to adhering to moral principles and values in decision-making and actions.

We all have multiple responsibilities and may need to balance different types of responsibilities in various contexts.

How Do You Explain Responsibility to Kids?

A child-friendly definition of “responsibility” could be:

Responsibility is taking ownership of our actions and choices. It is about understanding the impact of our behavior and being accountable for it. Responsibility means fulfilling our assigned tasks and duties and following through on commitments.

Examples of Kid’s Responsibilities at Home

A kid’s responsibilities at home may involve:

  • Doing chores, such as cleaning your room, helping with dishes, or taking care of a pet.
  • Remembering to do your homework, studying for tests, and being prepared for school.
  • Taking care of their belongings.
  • Being mindful of others’ property.

Examples of Kid’s Responsibilities Outside the Home

A kid’s responsibilities outside the home may include:

  • Being respectful towards others, treating them kindly, and considering their feelings. 
  • Being honest, admitting mistakes, and apologizing when necessary. 
  • Being aware of safety rules and following them to ensure their well-being and that of others.
  • Caring for the environment (picking up after themselves, recycling), and showing respect for nature.

The Importance of Responsibility

When kids learn to make good decisions, understand the consequences of their actions, and show responsible behavior, it translates into positive outcomes in different areas of their lives:

  • Academic Success Responsible behavior, such as completing homework, being organized, and managing time effectively, positively correlates with academic achievement. Students who demonstrate responsibility in their schoolwork tend to have better grades and higher levels of academic success.
  • Personal Well-being Taking ownership of one’s actions and choices promotes a sense of control and autonomy, leading to increased self-esteem and self-confidence . 
  • Trustworthiness and Respect :  When people see that someone is reliable, dependable, and accountable, they are more likely to trust and respect that person. This can lead to better friendships, stronger family bonds, and increased opportunities for collaboration and teamwork.
  • Ethical and Moral Development Responsibility is closely linked to ethical and moral behavior. Taking responsibility for one’s actions involves recognizing right from wrong and making ethical choices. 

Later in life, responsibility will also influence professional success, as a reputation for reliability and trustworthiness may positively influence career advancement.

How Do You Teach Responsibility to Kids?

Teaching kids about responsibility can be a rewarding and valuable experience. Here are some tips to help you in the process:

  • Model Responsibility Children learn by observing their parents or caregivers. Be a positive role model by demonstrating responsible behavior and showing them how you fulfill responsibilities and follow through with your commitments.
  • Give them Responsibilities Some skills need to be practiced. We can’t expect them to learn about responsibility if we don’t give them the opportunity to practice this skill.
  • Start Young, Small, and Age-Appropriate Kids can have responsibilities from a young age. Start with simple age-appropriate tasks to build confidence and competence.
  • Set Clear Expectations Clearly communicate your expectations regarding responsibilities and explain why they are important. This helps children understand what is expected of them and why it matters.
  • Provide Guidance and Support Offer guidance and support as children take on new responsibilities. Show them how to complete tasks and offer assistance when needed. Provide constructive feedback and encouragement along the way.
  • Give Choices and Autonomy: Offer children choices within their responsibilities to foster a sense of ownership and autonomy. This empowers them to make decisions and take responsibility for the outcomes.
  • Use Positive Reinforcement Any behavior that gets reinforced is more likely to be present again in the future. Acknowledge and praise children when they demonstrate responsible behaviors. Positive reinforcement, such as verbal encouragement, rewards, or privileges, reinforces the importance of responsibility and motivates them to continue practicing it.
  • Teach Consequences A consequence can be the most effective responsibility lesson.  Help children understand that their actions have consequences, both positive and negative. Explain how responsible behaviors lead to positive outcomes and how neglecting responsibilities can have negative consequences.
  • Foster Problem-Solving Skills Encourage children to find solutions and overcome challenges independently. Teach them  problem-solving strategies  that can help them handle responsibilities effectively.
  • Make it Fun and Engaging Introduce responsibility through fun and interactive activities. Turn tasks into games or incorporate creative elements to make the learning experience enjoyable and engaging (our next section will provide you with plenty of responsibility activities ideas).
  • Encourage Reflection and Learning from Mistakes Foster a growth mindset by encouraging children to reflect on their responsibilities and learn from their mistakes. Help them understand that mistakes are opportunities for growth and improvement.
  • Include Character Education in your lesson plan and at home Character education plays a crucial role in developing responsibility by teaching children the values, attitudes, and behaviors associated with being accountable (taking responsibility for their actions, making ethical choices, and fulfilling their obligations).

34 Fun Responsibility Games and Activities for Kids

In this section, we will explore fun activities that foster responsibility in kids, cultivating this important skill and shaping them into responsible people. These activities provide an enjoyable way for children to learn about responsibility while engaging in enjoyable and interactive experiences.

Let’s discover how these fun activities can help develop responsible habits and nurture a sense of accountability in young minds.

A illustration of a family about to do household chores, and a the title "Teaching Kids to Be Responsible. 34 Activities"

Personal Responsibility Activities for Kids

1 . Age-Appropriate Chores  Assign age-appropriate chores. Even younger children can be involved in household chores.

Small jobs like putting dirty clothes in the basket or setting the table are perfect for kids as young as three years old.

Being active in family responsibilities teaches life skills and prepares kids to be responsible adults.

If you are a teacher, try implementing classroom jobs for the same result. Try out a  chore charts  so they can mark off as they complete tasks.

Related Reading: 14 Tips on How To Get Kids to Do Chores (No Nagging or Chasing!)

2. Babysitting / Caring for a Younger Sibling Have your kids help care for a younger sibling for a set period. 

In a safe space, give your children the task of caring for younger kids while you get other things done around the home. When older children spend a healthy amount of time with little kids, they see the importance of being a responsible person. 

An example of a chore or family chart for a kids to be responsible by taking care of a pet,

3. Caring for a Pet  Teaching children responsibility with a small pet is a great way to help develop good habits in terms of caring for others.

4. The Money Game   Give your students a set amount of money and budget it. This helps develop personal responsibility at an early age and make good choices with finances. 

If you are looking for a classic game to go along with this, Monopoly or Monopoly Jr are fun ways to teach responsible actions to kids. 

5. What Would You Do?  On a responsibility worksheet, have a few scenarios written down where your kids should write down the responsible thing to do and the negative consequences of irresponsible behaviors.

6. Morning/Evening Routine Responsibility Establish a morning routine that your child is responsible for. 

Work with your child to help them learn what they need to do in their morning or evening routine. Then, create something visual, like a routine chart , to help them remember their responsibilities. 

7. Clean-up Race Give your students a set amount of time to clean up a specific area and a reminder of what needs to be cleaned up. Next, tell them that they have (for example) 4 minutes with a timer set to complete the task.

This can be a fun way to establish cleaning responsibilities in younger children. 

8. Responsible Choice Give your kids a choice on something simple

Let them choose when facing small choices (like where you will eat lunch – outside or inside). Those little choices will build up their brain to consider options and choose what is best as the most responsible option. 

9. A Secret Project Give them a special job on a secret project.

When kids are deemed special or important, they will take their job much more seriously. 

For example, if you want to have the table cleared so that you can do a craft, pull aside one or two kids and give them the responsibility to help set up. Without them, then no one can enjoy craft time!

10. Explore ‘What Would You Do’ Scenarios  In small groups, give your students different scenarios that would require responsible actions. Once they decide on the best action, have them present to the group. 

11. Participate in a Community Sport Being a part of a team and being trusted to play your best for the team to win is an excellent way to help kids claim responsibility for the team’s success. 

12. Get a Job For younger kids, you can try getting them ‘hired’ by a neighbor or trusted friend to do simple jobs like taking the garbage to the curb or feeding their pets before school. 

13. Role-Playing Role-playing is an excellent activity to help younger students gain a strong sense of responsibility through the roles of their game. 

14. Responsibility Write Out Have your kids use a blank piece of paper and have a set amount of time to write out everything they are responsible for. Then, have them share their list with someone else. This will help them learn of more opportunities for them to be responsible in their lives. 

15. Teach them How to Set Goals (and Work Towards them!)  Goal-setting and responsibility are closely linked as setting and working towards goals require kids to take ownership of their actions, make decisions, and be accountable for their progress.

Goal-setting helps kids put their responsibility skills to good use!

More information on goal-setting for kids:

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16. Leadership Class Many high schools offer leadership classes that include team activities and leadership development.

17. Leadership Opportunities Create opportunities to practice leadership skills:

  • Encourage your students to join the student council.
  • Identify students who could be peer mentors.
  • Can the class leader change every term? This will provide more opportunities for kids to take up leadership roles.
  • Can you assign leaders to different tasks (teacher helpers / class roles / project coordinator)?

18. Time Management Activities Nurture kids’ time management skills by teaching productivity techniques. In my article on time management for kids, I share multiple  time management activities for kids .

Social Responsibility Activities for Kids

Engaging children in kid-friendly activities is the best way to introduce and teach them about social responsibility. 

The following activities are some examples of social responsibility practice for kids:

19. Community Cleanup Organize a community cleanup activity where children pick up litter in a local park, beach, or neighborhood.

20. Donating Toys to a Local Charity  Let your child be an active participant in the donation process. Ask them to go through the toys they will donate to make sure they work, have all pieces and parts, and are clean.

21. Donating Clothes Have your child help you sort out clothes for charity. Show them how you make sure that those clothes are in good condition. Discuss how that helps others. 

22. Volunteering at a Food Bank (or Helping Choose What To Donate) This can help foster a sense of generosity and empathy towards others. And it makes kids appreciate the things they have.

23. Kindness Challenge Launch a kindness challenge where children perform random acts of kindness such as writing kind notes, making friendship bracelets, or performing small favors for others. This activity promotes empathy, compassion, and creates a positive social environment.

24. Cultural Exchange Day Organize a cultural exchange day where children share and learn about different cultures, traditions, and perspectives. This activity promotes inclusivity, understanding, and respect for diversity.

25. Organizing a Fundraiser Encourage children to plan and execute a fundraising event for a cause they care about, such as a bake sale, car wash, or art show.

This social responsibility activity teaches children the importance of taking initiative, teamwork, and using their skills to make a positive impact.

Environmental Responsibility Activities for Kids

Discover fun and educational activities that empower kids to make a positive impact on the environment:

26. Gardening / Create a School Veggie Garden / Community Garden Gardening provides a practical and hands-on way to connect children with environmental responsibility. 

By engaging in gardening activities, children learn about the importance of caring for and nurturing plants, which in turn fosters an understanding of the interdependence between humans and the environment. 

Gardening activities can be tailored to suit different age groups, allowing children to engage in age-appropriate tasks while learning about plants, nature, and environmental responsibility:

  • Preschoolers can have fun planting seeds and doing small daily tasks like watering.
  • Elementary students may learn about composting and weeding.
  • Middle school and high school students may find learning about garden layouts or plant propagation fascinating.

Gardening is also a great activity for the entire family.

27. Environmental Awareness Poster Contest Organize an environmental awareness poster contest where children create posters to raise awareness about environmental issues such as recycling, conservation, or pollution. This activity encourages creativity, critical thinking, and advocacy for positive change.

28. School Recycling Program / Create an “Enviro Group” In my daughter’s school, this was called the “Enviro Group”

Engage children in setting up and managing a recycling program at school. They can educate their peers about recycling practices, implement recycling bins, and monitor the progress of the program. This activity instills a sense of responsibility for environmental sustainability and collective action.

29. Recycling Crafts Encourage young children to create crafts using recyclable materials such as paper, plastic bottles, or cardboard. This activity promotes creativity, resourcefulness, and awareness of the importance of recycling.

30. Energy-Saving Challenge Challenge children to identify ways to conserve energy at home, such as turning off lights when not in use or using natural light instead of artificial lighting. This activity raises awareness about energy consumption and encourages responsible energy usage.

31. Upcycling Workshop Teach children how to repurpose or upcycle old items into something useful or decorative. This activity instills a sense of responsible consumption and encourages creativity in finding new purposes for existing items.

32. Nature Journaling Encourage children to keep a nature journal to document their observations and reflections on the natural world. This activity helps develop a connection with nature and encourages mindfulness and appreciation for the environment.

33. Water Conservation Experiment Conduct a water conservation experiment where children measure and track their water usage for a week.

Discuss ways to reduce water waste, such as taking shorter showers or turning off faucets while brushing teeth.

34. Environmental Storytelling Read books or tell stories that highlight environmental themes, such as conservation, wildlife protection, or pollution. Engage children in discussions about the stories and encourage them to reflect on their role in protecting the environment.

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These are some other helpful resources to help kids build social skills:

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Find ways to add physical activity to your child’s day with the Move Your Way ® Activity Tool .

What can I do to get – and keep – my child active?

As a parent, you can help shape your child’s attitudes and behaviors regarding physical activity. Knowing the recommendations is a great place to start. Encourage your child to be physically active for 60 minutes or more each day, with activities ranging from informal, active play to organized sports. Here are some ways you can do this:

  • Start early. Young children love to play and be active. Encouraging lots of safe and unstructured movement and play can help build a strong foundation for an active lifestyle.
  • Set a positive example by leading an active lifestyle yourself.
  • Make physical activity part of your family’s daily routine by taking family walks or playing active games together.
  • Give your children equipment that encourages physical activity.
  • Take young people to places where they can be active, such as public parks, community baseball fields, or basketball courts.
  • Be positive about the physical activities in which your child participates and encourage them to be interested in new activities.
  • Make physical activity fun. Fun activities can be anything your child enjoys, either structured or non-structured. Activities can range from team or individual sports to recreational activities such as walking, running, skating, bicycling, swimming, playground activities, or free-time play.
  • Instead of watching television after dinner, encourage your child to find fun activities to do on their own or with friends and family, such as walking, playing chase, or riding bikes.
  • Be safe! Always provide protective equipment such as helmets, wrist pads, or knee pads for activities such as riding bicycles, or scooters, skateboarding, roller skating, rock-wall climbing, and other activities where there may be a high risk of injuries. Ensure also that activities are appropriate for the age of your child.

How is it possible for my school-aged child or adolescent to meet the recommended levels of physical activity?

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Many physical activities fall under more than one type of activity . This makes it possible for your child to do two or even three types of physical activity in one day! For example, if your daughter is on a basketball team and practices with her teammates every day, she is not only doing vigorous-intensity aerobic activity but also a bone-strengthening activity. Or, if your daughter takes gymnastics lessons, she is not only doing vigorous-intensity aerobic activity but also muscle- and bone-strengthening activities! It’s easy to fit each type of activity into your child’s schedule – all it takes is being familiar with the recommendations  and finding activities that your child enjoys.

School-based physical activity programs can also help children meet the recommended levels of daily physical activity. Find out how .

Also see tips for giving children a healthy body and mind  when they are out of school for the summer.

What if my child has a disability?

Physical activity is important for all children. It’s best to talk with a doctor before your child begins a physical activity routine. Try to get advice from a professional with experience in physical activity and disability. They can tell you more about the amounts and types of physical activity that are appropriate for your child’s abilities. Learn more [PDF-15.2MB]  about special considerations for children and adolescents with disabilities.

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20 Activities and Lessons that Teach Obedience to Kids

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These 20 Activities and Lessons that Teach Obedience to Kids will help equip you to teach kids to obey. This is part of my character building series , a great resource for parents and teachers everywhere.

The word “obey” has gotten a bad wrap over the years. Before you jump into this post and all it has to offer, join me in considering the questions, “ Is Obey the New Four Letter Word? ” In that post I challenge the concept that teaching obedience is out-dated.

20 Activities and Lessons that Teach Obedience to Kids

Character Building Series

This post is a part of my character building education series. If you are new to my series on building character, let me tell you a little bit more about these lessons. If you check out my character building tab, you will discover 52 character traits we work on throughout the year, which equals one word per week to focus on with your kids. Hovering over the tab will reveal all of the words available for social and emotional learning.

Each character trait has 7-9 lessons, so if you wanted to work on character daily, this can be an amazing resource. This year, I want to focus on cleaning up my series by presenting the lessons to you be compiling all of my lessons on a particular week, this week focusing on obedience.

In this series, you will find a word, definition, scripture to memorize, book lists and a number of activities and crafts related to the topic. I have also included links to other bloggers who have lessons on the trait. I hope you are inspired to work on character with your kids because being intentional in your parenting will help give great direction to both you and your children.

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activity noun ( MOVEMENT )

  • activity There were several police cars and a lot of activity in the area.
  • hubbub I couldn't find her with all the hubbub going on.
  • bustle I miss the bustle of the big city.
  • hustle and bustle She got used to the hustle and bustle of daily life.
  • flurry of activity What was the reason behind this sudden flurry of activity?
  • burst of activity It's usually quiet in the shop, but occasionally we have a sudden burst of activity.
  • The house , usually bustling with activity, was strangely silent .
  • There is increased volcanic activity in the region .
  • Have you seen the feverish activity in the kitchen ?
  • The house was a hive of activity on the day before the wedding .
  • After a sudden burst of activity, the team seemed to run out of energy again.
  • (your) every move idiom
  • act for someone
  • act/do something on your own responsibility idiom
  • put your money where your mouth is idiom
  • responsibility

activity noun ( WORK )

  • action You should take responsibility for your own actions.
  • act This was considered to be an act of war.
  • thing That’s the last thing you should be doing if you’re pregnant.
  • activity Not all of her business activities were scrupulously clean.
  • move Applying for that job was a good move.
  • deed Their evil deeds must not go unpunished.
  • After weeks of frenetic activity, the job was finally finished .
  • Textbook writing can be an intellectually and financially rewarding activity.
  • There was a sudden spurt of activity in the housing market .
  • There has been a lot of criminal activity in the town lately .
  • He was imprisoned for his terrorist activities.
  • act as something
  • all work and no play (makes Jack a dull boy) idiom
  • be at work idiom
  • hot-desking
  • housekeeping
  • in the line of duty idiom
  • short-handed
  • short-staffed
  • undertaking

activity noun ( ENJOYMENT )

  • These activities should be available to all students , not just a select few.
  • She does a variety of fitness activities.
  • Hostile feelings and violent responses often seem to be sublimated into sports activities.
  • indoor activities
  • leisure activities
  • avocational
  • avocationally
  • nonprofessional
  • recreational

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Is the word kid slang?

Some people worry that kid , when used of a child rather than a juvenile goat, is either slang or too colloquial to merit acceptance in standard English.

The fact is that we have been using kid to refer to a child that is human, rather than goatish, for more than three hundred years now. The Oxford English Dictionary notes that although this word was considered “low slang” when it first began being used, it had entered “familiar speech” by the 19th century.

In contemporary English, kid is neither slang nor improper. It is, however, most definitely informal, so those writing professionally or in a formal register might prefer to use child .

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Noun, Adjective, and Verb (2)

Middle English kide , of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse kith kid

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13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

1895, in the meaning defined above

1901, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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