Easter: An Opportunity to Teach Kindness – 6 simple activities

By March 30, 2017Early Childhood, Kindness

Easter is a special time that traditionally marks renewal and rebirth. Although it is a Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Easter is symbolic of nonreligious things as well, such as the coming of Spring. It ushers in that sense of having a fresh new start, granting us the opportunity for reflection, thankfulness, and forgiveness.

And so, in keeping with these values, why not adopt the theme of kindness at your centre as a way to inspire little minds this time of year?

Teaching Little Ones the True Meaning of Kindness

Yes, it may indeed seem a daunting task at first, yet, kindness is an essential value supporting a child’s social and emotional development, that is beneficial to introduce to children in their early years. But, where do we begin? Well, why not consider these six unique activities that help teach kindness in the classroom?

Six activities to introduce "Kindness" to children

1

Kindness starts with them

Where, oh, where to begin? Simple. With a friend. When they see that a buddy of theirs is feeling sad, or upset for whatever reason, that's the best time to step in and encourage them to "Hand them some kindness". You can encourage them to share a joke to cheer them up, compliment them to set them at ease, or tell their pal why they are a special friend. You can also facilitate a conversation between the children to find out why the child is upset and how the other children can pitch in to help ease the situation. Simply put, kind words can make a world of difference
2

Kindness has a ripple effect

Believe it or not, sometimes you need to break the ice and start the cycle of kindness. They say that a smile is contagious, so go ahead, infect the whole classroom! Take the time to smile at everyone in the morning and watch how beautifully it sets the tone for the rest of the day. Having a rough afternoon? Why not add a "Smiling Circle" activity? Everybody sits in a circle, and the teacher starts by smiling to the little one on their left. Then, one by one, that smile grows and gets "passed" on to their neighbors. Watch the room light up by the time that smile returns to the educator.
3

Kindness includes taking care of nature

A wonderful way to impart kindness is to nurture respect for nature. Why? Because it is not just about being nice to people, it's about respecting all living things. So, why not take children outdoors and show them how wonderful it is to be kind to nature? Take seeds to the outdoor play area and feed the birds, plant vegetable seeds or saplings and watch how they grow over time, or teach children how important it is to keep their neighborhood clean. "Kindness Stones" is another unique activity that teaches children the beauty of being kind. Have them collect stones from an outdoor garden or park, decorate them, and return them on your next walk.
4

Kindness is a gift that takes many forms

Once children come to understand the concept of kindness a bit better, why not initiate a challenge? Spend some time brainstorming and see how many ideas they can come up with to cheer people up. Keep these in a jar, and when a child or educator is upset, have them pick up the cheerful message from the "Kindness Jar" and have them read it out to the entire classroom. They will quickly come to understand that kindness is a gift that cannot necessarily be wrapped.
5

Kindness comes from the heart

Everybody deserves kindness, of course. However, there are some people who particularly need that feeling of hope that an act of kindness brings. Making creative "Get Well" cards for sick children in the hospital or special letters to the elderly in nursing homes is a particularly heartwarming activity to do in a classroom. Better yet, why not make it a regular classroom activity? You can teach children a long list of values with this caring gesture.
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Kindness is timeless

Yes, Easter is an excellent time to teach kindness. But, it's also important to impart that even though Easter will eventually pass, kindness is a timeless, everyday "Always Action." Much like compassion and consideration, kindness does not leave as the passing holiday does. So, why not take this time and plan for the future? What act of kindness can the class do in a week, a month, a year from now? A fun idea could be to have the children record a positive message video that can be sent to another classroom or their parents on a set date and vice versa to involve parents in the activity. Watch a child's face light up when they get a message in return! Or, how about enlisting the children to write secret book notes? They will have lots of fun creating special messages to tuck into story books that unsuspecting individuals will certainly enjoy.
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