Kindness

Spread some “kindness germs,” play Charades, take the “random acts of kindness” challenge, and reward kids with light sticks for being a shining example of kindness.

Make growing in kindness a fun-filled adventure! Read on for more ideas that help kids:

  • be more considerate of others
  • put others first
  • respond politely to insults, compliments and offers they wish to decline.

This lesson also helps address teasing, bullying, making fun of others and tattling.

Recommended resources

Being Nice to Others: A Book About Rudeness
by Carolyn Larsen. Baker Books, 2016. Ages 4-7.

Halle Takes a Stand: When You Want to Fit In
by Paul David Tripp. New Growth Press, 2020. Ages 3-5.

Otter B Kind
by Pamela Kennedy and Anne Kennedy Brady. Tyndale, 2019. Ages 4-7.

The Berenstain Bears: A Neighbor in Need
by Jan and Mike Berenstain. ZonderKidz, 2011. Ages 4-7

The Berenstain Bears and the Golden Rule
by Stan, Jan and Mike Berenstain. ZonderKidz, 2008. Ages 4-7. 

The Berenstain Bears and the Little Lost Cub
by Jan and Mike Berenstain. ZonderKidz, 2011. Ages 4-7.

The Berenstain Bears: Faithful Friends
by Jan and Michael Berenstain. ZonderKidz, 2009. Ages 4-7.

The Berenstain Bears Gifts of the Spirit: Caring
by Mike Berenstain. Random House, 2021. Ages 3-5.

The Berenstain Bears Gifts of the Spirit: Sharing
by Mike Berenstain. Random House, 2021. Ages 3-5.

The Berenstain Bears: Kindness Counts
by Jan and Mike Berenstain. ZonderKidz, 2010. Ages 4-7.

The Berenstain Bears Values and Virtues Treasury
by Jan and Mike Berenstain. ZonderKidz, 2021. Ages 4-7.

The Blessing of You
by Mark Batterson and Summer Batterson Dailey. Multnomah, 2021. Ages 3-5.

Words to Love By
by Rick Warren. Zonderkidz, 2018. Ages 4-7.

Adventures in Odyssey #54: Clanging Cymbals and the Meaning of God’s Love (CD)
Tyndale, 2011. Ages 8 and up.

Adventures in Odyssey Life Lessons #3: Compassion (CD)
Tyndale, 2005. Ages 8 and up.

Adventures in Odyssey Life Lessons #11: Respect (CD)
Tyndale, 2006. Ages 8-12.

Adventures in Odyssey The Fruit of the Spirit (4 CDs)
Focus on the Family, 2021. Ages 8-12.

VeggieTales Fruit of the Spirit Stories: Love, Joy, Peace (DVD)
Big Idea Entertainment, 2021. Ages 4 and up.

VeggieTales Fruit of the Spirit Stories: Patience, Kindness, Goodness (DVD)
Big Idea Entertainment, 2021. Ages 4 and up.