As you may have picked up on, I’m kind of into volunteering. 😉 I strongly believe one of our primary duties on this earth is to serve and help others, and what better gift to give our children this time of year than to teach them how to give back? Hence, 3 Holiday Volunteering Ideas with Kids (Even Toddlers!).
Since we have a toddler, I’m always looking for ways to get her involved with volunteering. While I think it is good for her to see me volunteer on my own, children learn by doing and the best way to impart a giving heart is by teaching her from a young age to give joyfully. God loves a cheerful giver!
- 2 pieces of fleece, anywhere from 1.5 to 3 yards is plenty. (Our daughter picked some sufficiently girly colors.:))
- Scissors (sharp enough for cutting thicker fabric) or a rotary cutter
- Lay out your fleece, one piece at a time.
- Cut 4 inch squares out of each of the four corners.
- Then mark with a ruler 4 inch slits that are 1 inch wide around the perimeter of the fleece.
- Very carefully with scissors or rotary cutter make the 4″ cuts around the perimeter, again- 1″ apart. Make sure the cuts are consistent around the entire fleece. (This is great dexterity practice for children but you will have to gauge their abilities on your own. Our daughter is normally able to utilize scissors but it takes more pressure to cut through the fleece so I ended up doing most of the cutting.)
- Repeat on second fleece.
- Lay one fleece on top of the other and start tying the matching slits all the way around until all slits from fleece 1 are tied to fleece 2. (This is another excellent fine motor exercise for kids. Our daughter needed some guidance to get started but was really excited she once she got the hang of it).
- Check to make sure the blanket is extra snuggly.
- For information on where to send your blanket, click on the name of the desired agency above or donate it to your local shelter.
- New crayons. (We purchased one large box that comes with six normal sized boxes inside).
- Anything else you’d like to give. We went to the dollar store and found Christian coloring books, some little stuffed animals and a few treats.
- Decorative bags or stockings. (We opted for stockings so the kids that receive them would be able to reuse them).
- Disperse the goodies evenly between the stockings or bags!
- Take a picture to remind your kids of their service.
- Either send your gifts to Crayons4Kids or better yet, take them as a family to a local children’s hospital or shelter.
- Share a leftover treat with your hard-working kiddo.
- Internet access
- Go to Adopt a US Soldier, Click on “Adopt a Soldier” and follow the site’s directions. It takes a couple days before it is approved.
- Once approved, start writing to your soldier! You can email them, send cards or letters, or even care-packages. (For now, I just have our daughter color on the cards because she isn’t really writing yet, but it is great practice for slightly older kids to learn how to write a letter and send it out).
Tight on money? We were able to do these 3 activities, which impact at least 5 different people outside of our family, for around $15 total. Instead of getting one more game, article of clothing or other gift for your own family this year, give them the gift that keeps on giving- servitude!
Also, it didn’t take much time. Roughly an afternoon for the activities and another afternoon to make the deliveries because we opted to do them in person. The most time consuming one was the fleece tie blanket, but even that went pretty quickly. The other two you can do in under a half hour! No excuses!
Lastly, beyond the benefit of teaching your kids to serve others as Christ has called us to do, it is great for their dexterity, fine motor skills and time spent together as a family.
I hope you enjoyed, “3 Holiday Volunteering Ideas with Kids (Even Toddlers!).”
Have you and your family volunteered with these agencies in the past? What are ways you like to volunteer around the holidays?
Keep on serving & Merry Christmas from Finding Our Feet.
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