Kids love taking part in random acts of kindness activities during the holiday season. This free printable Random Acts of Kindness for Kids Christmas Cootie Catcher suggest acts of giving that kids can complete on their own. It's an easy Christmas craft that encourages a spirit of generosity and giving in children.
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The Christmas season is meant to be a time of giving and kindness, however the mass commercialization of the holiday season sometimes means that these values take a backseat to wants. This is especially true for children who are easily swayed by advertisements and store displays.
Well behaved children can quickly turn into whining, greedy little creatures due to the overwhelming number of colorful toy catalogs and captivating advertisements aimed at kids during the holiday season.
My husband affectionately calls our kids “Me First and the Gimme Gimmes” when they trade their normally lovable dispositions for ones that are greedy and demanding.
I’m sorry to say that this behavior is often amplified during the Christmas season due to mass consumerism.
Giving is Important for Kids
Simple activities that encourage giving and kindness can help children make it a habit for life. Educating Today suggests that parents should look for opportunities to serve other and teach kids how to give by giving.
It sounds like common sense: adults should teach children generosity and giving by modeling good behavior, but this is often easier said than done.
One way we love to give as a family is through “Random Acts of Kindness” or “Random Acts of Christmas Kindness.” These activities can include buying a coffee for a teacher or handing out candy canes to an entire parking lot. While I love these activities, they generally require parents to give money or carry most of in the sacrifice. Many activities ask for very little, if any, personal sacrifice from our children.
We need kids to participate in activities that require child-sized sacrifices and giving on their level.
How to Fold Cootie Catchers for Christmas
I made a list of Random Acts of Kindness for Kids that can be accomplished by children with no help (or very little help) from adults.
To make the activity even more interesting for kids I turned the list into a free printable Random Acts of Kindness Christmas Cootie Catchers. (These simple paper fortune-tellers are popular with elementary school students.)
This is an easy Christmas craft for kids! The cootie catcher features fun holiday designs and 16 kindness challenges that will encourage kids to give and make personal sacrifices.
Free Printable Cootie Catcher for Christmas
Download the PDF of the cootie catcher and the cootie catcher folding instructions in my free printable library (enter your email address for access then download the printable and simple instructions to make your own kindness game.)
Tip: I print my fortune tellers on matte photo paper , it is thicker than copy paper and prints with extra bright colors. This makes a sturdy paper cootie catcher that can stand up to littlle hands!
Black and White Version for Coloring
This project is extremely popular with teachers who don't always have access (or the budget) for color copies. I've made a black and white version for kids to color and use.
Grab the black and white version and the cootie catcher folding instructions in my free printable library (enter your email address for access then download the printable and simple instructions to make your own kindness game.)
Random Acts of Kindness
We use our fortune tellers at the dinner table, this gives us time to discuss the activity with our kids and brainstorm ideas. You could also select an item at breakfast so kids have all day to accomplish their kindness task.
Cross off or initial each activity as your children complete a challenge. This makes the game even more fun as kids have to “hunt” for undone activities on the fortune teller → kids want to play with these cootie catchers forever!
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