One wish that most parents have for their children is that when they grow up, they will become productive citizens in their society. This is more likely to happen if the child is brought up modeling this type of behavior from a young age. Here you will find some creative ideas that parents and children can do together that will not only help to mold the child in this fashion, but also give parents the opportunity to spend quality time with their child.
Dig out some of those favored family cookie recipes. Make sure that they are age appropriate so that the child can be involved. A universal recipe is the traditional sugar cookie recipe. Your child can be creative with the colored sugar, candies, or other chosen decorating ideas regardless of their age. Donating your sweet treats to community organizations such as homeless shelters, nursing homes, an elderly neighbor or family member, or any other charity or organization that will feel blessed from receiving them. Encourage your child to be the presenter of the cookies. This will give them the opportunity to feel the pride of giving to others.
Parents often wonder what activities their children can do during those long holiday school breaks to keep from getting bored. How about filling this time and bringing some joy to others at the same time. Encourage your child to make cards and decorations that are appropriate for the coming holiday that they can pass out to residents of nursing homes. These crafts do not have to be costly. If fact, show your child some creative ideas such as cutting out egg crates and gluing two together to form an egg shape. Then paint or color them. Add additional touches such as buttons, glitter, or any other trinkets they would like to decorate them and make each one unique. Residents at the nursing facilities will treasure these items.
Second Life Toys
Give your child two boxes-one labeled “Keep” and the other “Donate”. Encourage your child to go through their toys and place their unwanted toys in the donate box and the toys that they want to keep in the keep box. Explain to your child the different organizations in your community that help children who will benefit from the donated toys. Allow your child to chose the organization that will receive their unwanted toys. Some community organizations that accept these items include women’s shelters, hospital pediatric units, doctor offices, salvation army, churches, or child service centers. When your child gets to make these decisions, they are more likely to be open minded while sorting through their toys.
Help your child organize a can drive either in their classroom, at their school or in your neighborhood. Explain to them the families that will benefit from this. Do not hesitate to ask other parents to help get involved with the set up of this activity.
Assist your child with setting up a teddy bear drive in their classroom. Ask the children to bring a stuffed animal or cuddle toy in to be donated to local police officers. Police officers use these toys as a form of comfort for children that are in traumatic situations such as accidents, raids, or abusive situations. Most police officers store a few of these toys in their trunk at a time. New donations are always welcome for projects such as these. If your neighborhood police do not have this program, than isn’t this a great project that your child can say they were a part of starting.
Talk to your child about organizations that you feel are a benefit in your community or are personally thankful for. Have your child pick one that they can relate to. Ask them to save their pennies over a period of time, such as a year period. Tell them that their pennies will be donated to their choice organization after their time is up. You will see that in many instances as the time approaches, your child will begin to put larger amounts of change in their savings and not just limit it to their pennies. As a parent, wouldn’t it be a great feeling to see the size of your own child’s heart?
The ideas that you can do are endless. The most important things to remember when choosing the right projects for your child is that the activity must be age appropriate, your child should be encouraged to make the choices such as the organizations when possible, and be creative without spending a fortune. And remember to have fun and praise your child for their efforts and thoughtfulness in whatever activities they chose.