A Random Act of Kindness Jar is an easy activity that is perfect to do with your kids, students or organization to help celebrate World Kindness Week. It’s fun to create and most of all it makes a positive impact for everyone involved. This jar is filled with random acts of kindness challenges. Every morning the child chooses a random act of kindness from the jar and at some point during the day they must do it. That’s it. Super simple and super awesome!
The first item you will need is a jar, can, cup or anything that will hold craft sticks or small sheets of paper. The small mayonnaise jar we used was perfect. Next, you will need to raid your craft and art supply bin. There is no need to buy anything for this project, just use what you have on hand — colored paper, stickers, ribbon, markers, glue, glitter, paint and let the decorating begin. We made a family jar and keep it in the kitchen, but you could also have each child decorate their own personal jar as well.
Next is the fun part, creating the challenges together. These do not need to be grand gestures. The random act of kindess can be as simple as “say hello to three people you’ve never have before” or “compliment a friend on a non-physical trait”. You don’t want to include challenges that are too difficult to complete, because the child could get discouraged and feel badly about herself then the exercise becomes counter productive. Write the tasks on small sheets of paper, craft sticks or clothes pins and put them in the jar and you’re ready to begin.
This project could be done simply with a scraps of paper and a plastic cup, but working on a project together and encouraging creativity and individuality through crafts is a fabulous way for a girl to express herself. It also is an opportunity to help build her self esteem and confidence because she is creating, completing and sharing her art with others.
We’d love to see your jars and know the random acts of kindness challenges you put in them. Email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org