My 5-year-old granddaughter and I have fun with Kindness Elves throughout the year. It’s time to think about the 12 Days of Christmas Kindness from December 13-24. But Giving Tuesday provided an opportunity for a quick visit (and great preparation for the holiday season) from the Kindness Elves.
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How I prepared a Simple Kindness Elves Visit for Giving Tuesday
Materials I used:
- Kindness Elves (In this post you can find out where to get the best Kindness Elves)
- Do Nice, Be Kind, Spread Happy
- Be Kind
- tabletop easel to hold books (This is optional. I often simply stand a book next to a lamp.)
Our Kindness Elves Visit on Giving Tuesday
If you already have kindness elves, it’s fun to add an extra visit to start the holiday season. Giving Tuesday is a wonderful idea after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You could do any type of activity with the Kindness Elves. Or you could make a very simple activity as a reminder to spread kindness throughout the holiday season.
I simply placed the Kindness Elves by the books Do Nice, Be Kind, Spread Happy and Be Kind. I’ve often used books to introduce a message from the Kindness Elves (as you’ll see in many of my posts in my ultimate guide to kindness elves).
The book Be Kind is a lovely way to initiate discussions about what it means to be kind along with giving very simple ideas for showing kindness. It’s recommended for ages 3-6.
The book Do Nice, Be Kind, Spread Happy is focused more on elementary-age kids, but it can be used as a way of giving younger children ideas for kindness projects, too. We focused on the simple idea of giving smiles to people my granddaughter sees as a way of bringing people extra happiness. I’m not having Zoey record the smiles. I just used the idea as a simple way to focus on kindness. Zoey naturally smiles at people often, and this is a good way to encourage her natural kindness.
More Kindness Elf Resources
If you’re wondering how to switch from Elf on the Shelf, I have a post with tips for you with kind and gentle ways to make the switch to Kindness Elves from Elf on the Shelf.
I’ve been collecting Kindness Elf activities and ideas since they first came out in 2013. You can find all of my Kindness Elf posts in my Ultimate Guide to Kindness Elves.
If you’d like more ideas for teaching your kids to be kind (for any season), see my post “Teaching Kids to Be Kind.”
For more ideas about holiday kindness, check out my post about having kind kids this Christmas.
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