I am excited to be taking part in the third annual 100 Acts of Kindness Project hosted by Toddler Approved. The project began January 21 and the idea is to perform 100 acts of kindness between then and February 14, when there will be a giant kindess celebration on Valentines Day. Pop over to Toddler Approved for all the details. It’s not too late to join in and there are weekly challenges and daily ideas to inspire you. Remember, no act of kindness is too small!
As part of our 100 acts of kindness, I created a Valentine’s Day countdown. Inspired by our easy DIY Advent Calendar that I made for Christmas, with all the surprise and anticipation of opening a new envelope each day, I thought a similar countdown to Valentine’s Day might be fun. Each morning beginning February 1st, R (4 yrs) will be greeted with a pink envelope. Inside will be a simple act of kindness that we will carry out together. Our acts of kindness will be simple gestures – daily reminders to love and appreciate the people in our life.
* A pink or red envelope (you only need one, I explain why later in this post)
* various scrapbook or craft paper
* pens or coloured markers
* notes (either hand written or printed, with acts of kindness)
HOW TO MAKE A VALENTINES DAY COUNTDOWN:
This was really quick to put together because I only made one envelope. Even though we will be opening an envelope every morning for the two weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, I am going to use the same envelope each day. I plan to leave the envelope out each morning for R to find, and he can open it up to see which act of kindness we’ll be performing that day. If you wanted to, you could certainly make fourteen envelopes and display them all together. It might be fun to then select a random envelope each day, like a kindness lucky dip!
To make our Valentine’s Day countdown:
1. I began by cutting a heart shape from some scrapbook paper to co-ordinate with the colour of the envelope and then I glued it to the front of the envelope.
2. Next, I cut out fourteen heart shapes from plain white paper. I made these slightly smaller than the larger pink heart that I had already glued to the envelope.
3. On each of the fourteen white hearts I wrote the numbers 1 through 14.
4. I attached the white heart with the number 14 on it to the envelope using blue tack. This is so that I can remove it easily and use the same envelope for each day, simply changing the number on the white heart, counting down each day to Valentine’s Day.
5. I decided on fourteen simple acts of kindness, typed them out and printed them. I cut them into small notes and will insert one note each day into the envelope.
That’s it! A fun and simple way to count down to Valentine’s Day and spread a little kindness along the way.
Here’s our list of acts of kindness that will be in our Valentine’s Day countdown.
Call Daddy at Work to tell him you love him.
Write a thank you note for your teacher. (This will be for R’s daycare teachers where he attends two days a week)
Donate some art materials to daycare. (We’ll be gathering some recycled paper, egg cartons, boxes and making some home made play dough).
Make a meal and take it to our neighbour. (One of our neighbours is very ill and so we’ll take some food over to them to help his family while they are busy dealing with treatment and all the stress and worry they are going through).
Help Daddy by collecting the garbage bins after garbage night.
Paint a picture for Nanna and mail it to her.
Offer help without being asked. Ask Mummy and Daddy what you can do to help them today.
Hold open the door for other people today.
Donate some toys and clothing to goodwill.
Donate some books to our local library.
Make a “welcome home” sign to greet Daddy on the door when he gets home from work.
Pick up rubbish on the ground while we are playing at the park today.
Reach out to a friend at kindy and invite them to join in your games.
Donate food to our local food bank.
What would you add to the list? Let’s share some ideas in the comments below.
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