Who doesn't like a nice surprise?!

Recently it made our day to see that someone had drawn hearts on the sidewalk in front of each neighbor's home. Each heart had a different design and you could tell the person who drew the hearts put some thought into each design. Not only were people leaving their houses surprised by this gift, but people walking down the street stopped to admire the designs, introduced one another, and made friends. 

An act of kindness can be as simple as pulling the weeds from your neighbor's sidewalk.

What ways can you think to surprise people with your kindness and generosity? Let us know your ideas: with your parent's permission, email your idea for a random act of kindness and we'll add them to our list. 


  • Give a compliment to as many people as you can.

  • Donate some of your lightly unused book and toys.

  • Carry around loose change and put it in tip jars.

  • Clean up a messy area.

  • Give someone you love a hug.

  • Do a drawing for a loved one.

  • Reach out to a family member you haven't seen in awhile.

  • Donate to a charity.

  • Volunteer at a food bank.

  • Walk a neighbor's dog.

  • Bring groceries to a neighbor in need.

  • Tell someone they're awesome (just like you!)

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Kindness Is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler by Marger

After reading these books, you'll want to make your very own Kindness Quilt!

How to Make a Kindness Quilt

  1. Make a list of acts of kindness. Ask others for their ideas too.

  2. On a square pieces of paper, write and draw each idea. Use scraps of paper and different materials. Collaging is great fun too!

  3. Combine the squares into a quilt.

  4. Let your quilt evolve and grow over time as you add new kindness ideas.

Dedicated to Janice Shapiro who asked every day, "How can I help someone?"

For projects for younger kids, look for Nigel the koala. 

BIG hint! You'll find Nigel in What's different? • Play portal • We Puzzle Together for Tots

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