We wanted to help our children concretely think about their actions. So we asked each child to cut a tree trunk out of construction paper, write her name on it and hang it on a wall. Then we cut out leaves. On each leaf, we wrote a different action, such as letting another person go first or helping a sibling do a chore. We left some leaves blank to write other random acts of kindness later. Every time a child would do something kind for someone, a leaf would be added to her tree. This activity helped our kids think about ways to be kind to others.
This article appeared in the June/July 2015 issue of Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2015 by Danielle Beerli. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.
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