The Power of Kindness – 10 Fun Activities to Try in Class
Make the power of kindness come alive in any classroom with these 10 fun activities! Explore the power of compassion, empathy, and love with your students today.
Kids are MASTERS at spreading kindness, and they LOVE, LOVE, LOVE taking part in kindness activities!
10 FAVORITE ACTIVITIES FOR SPREADING LOVE AND THE POWER OF KINDNESS IN THE CLASSROOM
1. MODEL KINDNESS… YOUR STUDENTS ARE ALWAYS WATCHING
Modeling kindness is the simplest way to spread love and kindness in your classroom.
Be a kindness role model. Your students are always watching, they are always processing, and they are your biggest fans.
When they see you comfort, care, play, help, show up, respond, and give grace, they take that as their cue to how things should be done in their world.
Visuals (like these FREE power of kindness posters) are a great way to remind students of the tone you want to set for your classroom community.
2. TEACH THEM TO SPREAD KINDNESS ON A REGULAR BASIS
Encourage your students to regularly point out the great things they see others doing.
Teach students that even the smallest accomplishments are great things and should be celebrated!
Establish a set time at the end of the day when you will check the board and talk about who’s names are up there and what great things they accomplished today.
3. BUILD A MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THE POWER OF KINDNESS MEANS
Social skills stories are a great go-to for all things classroom management, and this social skills story about the power of kindness is a great springboard for teaching the importance of kind words and actions.
Social skills stories catch kids’ attention because they are written in a voice that kids can understand, from a point of view that kids can understand.
You’ll be so excited to see all of the little lightbulbs turn on when you read these stories as students make real-life connections!
This social skills story has activities that come with it and it covers all the bases when it comes to kindness:
- why kind words and actions are important
- the difference between kind words and actions and unkind words and actions
- how to stop and think to keep our words and actions kind
- times we need to be extra careful about our words- when we are angry, upset, busy, or excited
- being different is okay and is not a reason to be unkind
- the importance of keeping unkind words and actions to ourselves
This power of kindness activities set includes:
- An informative social skills story, written in kid-friendly language, provided in PDF, Google Slides, and Video versions
- suggested lesson plans
- an engaging role-playing activity
- classroom posters
- individual student reference cards
- an easy reader mini-book
- activity/assessment pages
- positive student notes
4. ENCOURAGE KIDS TO CATCH SOME KINDNESS
Remember Cootie Catchers from when you were a kid? These Kindness Catchers have all the fun from your childhood with a little extra twist of kindness!
Directions are included for assembly and how to play are included with this FREEBIE!
5. SUPPORT RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
These Kindness Challenge Cards and Poster are a fantastic way to encourage kids to band together and spread kindness throughout their school and community!
This set includes 36 different acts of kindness that kids will be excited to take part in. Incorporate these into your morning meeting routine every Friday and call it “Feel Good Friday”.
At the end of Morning Meeting each Friday, one student can pull a Kindness Challenge Card from the bucket and the class can discuss the challenge together. Then add the card to your Kindness Challenge poster.
At the end of the day and/or on Monday, depending on what the challenge is, share how you did with spreading the power of kindness!
6. MAKE IT COOL TO SPREAD KINDNESS
Use Kindness Notes to spread kindness in your classroom!
You won’t be able to keep these notes in stock in your classroom! Students love giving these Kindness Notes to their classmates, and they love receiving them.
These notes are such a great way to build a positive classroom community too!
7. SPOTLIGHT STUDENT OF THE DAY
Spotlight Student of the Day is another easy way to spread love and kindness in your classroom.
Choose a different student to spotlight each day. At Morning Meeting, have the class volunteer examples of what makes that person an AWESOME classmate, human, and friend!
The Spotlight student gets to take the chart home at the end of the day–such a great way to increase your home connection with special adults in the child’s life!
8. GET IN ON THE FUN
These Positive Notes for Families are written to be sent from YOU the teacher to the families of your students.
Students and families LOVE receiving these! It is a great way to communicate with families quickly and easily about the positive things you see going on in your classroom.
9. SHOWER THEM WITH POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS
These Positive Affirmations Cards and Poster are the perfect way to spread the power of kindness, boost self-esteem and attitude, and let someone know how amazing you think they are.
The set contains 26 different positive affirmations, one for each letter of the alphabet.
Incorporate these into your Morning Meeting routine every Monday, and call it “Motivational Monday”.
At the end of the morning meeting each Monday, one student can pull a card from the bucket. Discuss the affirmation together, then everyone recites it out loud to themselves. Finally, everyone turns to their neighbor and repeats it to them! Share the power of kindness audibly and instantly to peers to encourage an increased positive classroom community.
Then add the positive affirmation card to your poster for the week!
10. KINDNESS ROCKS…LITERALLY
Decorate Kindness rocks!
This activity encourages kids to look for people in their life who show the power of kindness to others in their daily activities.
What You Need:
- river rocks (you can purchase these at a craft store like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby in the floral department)
- acrylic paint
- small paint brushes
Share the power of kindness by decorating the river rocks in a positive way. Use images like hearts, rainbows, smiley faces, words, and more!
Then, encourage your kids to take a few decorated rocks with them when they go places and to be on the lookout for people in their life who are spreading kindness in powerful ways.
When they witness someone spreading kindness, they can gift them with a decorated rock, explaining to that person “You Rock Because You Are Kind!”
Your students are so lucky to have you! I’d love to hear from you! Let me know all about how you are spreading love and the power of kindness in your classroom!
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Thank you for being here! I love sharing ideas with other teachers! If you are looking to enhance your teaching and build a positive classroom community, you have come to the right place!