How to Get Your Kids Excited About the Act of Giving This Season

How to Get Your Kids Excited About the Act of Giving This Season
In today’s world, it can be hard to teach your children about the act of giving during the holiday season. Commercialization and advertising is constantly bombarded on our young ones. To get your kids enthusiastic, here’s a compiled a list of things you can do to with them to create the giving environment and culture that you want for your household. Consider these as you try to teach your children about the true meaning of Christmas. 

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is an excellent way to get your kids excited about giving. This activity, organized by Samaritan’s Purse, allows for you and your children to make a shoebox filled with toys, school supplies, personal items, and other small gifts for a child in need. To encourage your child, talk with them about how the child you are giving to has possibly never received a Christmas present and the positive impact they will be making. If children are involved in the creation process it can mean so much more for them. It doesn’t have to be with a specific group or cause. You could even get some supplies from places like Har-Man Importing Corp. to help make Christmas jewelry for the less fortunate. Helping a child with this hands on approach can teach them the true meaning of Christmas.

‘Random Acts of Kindness’ Jar

Another great idea to teach children about giving is to create a ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ Jar. All you need is a mason jar and slips of paper for you to write the act on. Describe to your kids things they can do to add something to the jar. This can include helping you wrap presents, making cookies for a neighbor, or anything of that sort. In order for your child to be excited, prompt them with a reward that will follow the filling of the jar, such as a movie theatre ticket or a trip to get ice cream!

Santa Bags

I’ve seen this trend popping up around the Internet and I think it is a great way to teach kids about giving back. The idea is to have a bag each child puts by the Christmas tree right before Christmas morning. The child is to put five toys in the bag that he/she no longer uses and for “Santa” to replenish the toy on Christmas Day. Tell your kids that Santa cares for each boy and girl, and he needs their help to give toys to other children across the country. Plus, this keeps your house clutter-free!

Guest Post by Anita Ginsburg

Will you be teaching your children the Act of Giving this season?

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