Doing acts of kindness is one of the most rewarding activities you can do with your kids. Which is why we wanted to share some of our favorite random acts of kindness ideas to inspire you!

Any act of kindness, no matter how big or small, can make a difference when it’s done from the heart.

Plus it’s a great way to bond as a family, while teaching kids about empathy, compassion and service.

If you ask parents what they want their children to be like when they get older, the answers are usually things like kind, honest, caring, and considerate. Raising grateful kids is high on all of our priority lists.

So if you’re looking for a little extra help in this area, have your kids try some of these random acts of kindness ideas in your community.

Kindness is contagious! Your kids may a chain reaction of kind acts that will only make them want to keep going.


Random Acts Of Kindness Ideas For Kids


  1. Set the table for dinner, without being asked.
  2. Talk to someone new at school, or sit with someone new at lunch.
  3. Make a dessert and bring it to your local fire station to donate.
  4. Share a toy or game with a friend.
  5. Gather up your old books you don’t read anymore and donate them to a shelter or charity.
  6. Write a thank you note to your teacher. Let him/her know how they help you.
  7. Take back someone’s cart at the grocery store for them.
  8. Gather up clothes that you don’t wear or that don’t fit you anymore and donate them to an orphanage or shelter.
  9. Separate your trash and recycle all your bottles, cans, paper, etc.
  10. Make your bed. For bonus points, make someone else’s bed too.
  11. Donate a gift to a local charity. You can even make something yourself. Try a craft kit box like Little Loving Hands that partners with charitable organizations.
  12. Call your grandparents or other elderly relative and ask them about their day.
  13. Play with your younger siblings or a new student or neighbor.
  14. Tell someone you love them.
  15. Set up a lemonade stand, or do a mini bake-sale. Donate your earnings to charity.
  16. Get a small gift for a friend and hide it in their backpack or locker at school.
  17. Visit and/or walk the dogs at a local animal shelter.
  18. Leave kindness notes for a strangers, like in a restaurant or library book. Write something positive like “You’re amazing!” or “Have a great day!”.
  19. Pick up litter at your school, or a park or beach.
  20. Pick out the toys you don’t play with anymore and donate them to charity.
  21. Make a thank you card and/or a care package for a servicemember overseas and send it to them. You can connect with charitable organizations that do this such as Operation Gratitude or Support Our Troops.
  22. Send a thoughtful postcard to someone you love.
  23. Make dinner for a friend or neighbor. If you need a little chef inspiration, you can try a cooking kit for kids like Kidstir.
  24. Deliver flowers to someone special that helps you, like a teacher, coach, babysitter, etc.
  25. Volunteer at a local charity such as a soup kitchen, food bank, church pantry, etc.
  26. Smile at 5 people.
  27. Empty the dishwasher, without being told.
  28. Give someone a sincere compliment.
  29. Write happy messages in chalk on public sidewalks like “you are loved”.
  30. Collect canned goods and deliver them to a local food bank or shelter.


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