Make kids real-life Kindness Superheroes

Blog — Make kids real-life Kindness Superheroes

 

Superhero of Kindness mission is to care; let kindness flow without regard of reward. The Superheroes of Kindness Project also believes that no one, no matter how young or how small, is too small to make a difference in their community and their world. Giving children a chance to practice kindness through being “superheroes” themselves, helps them develop those important, life-long social-emotional skills,

For younger children make it fun with a dressing up element by – let their imagination blossom with some easy simple crafting being kindness superheroes performing an act of kindness! A cape has been a child’s dress-up staple item for decades. 

MASK, CUFFS & CAPE OF KINDNESS

These superhero t-shirt capes are genius. You can make them in minutes out of old tops and there’s no sewing. You will need a T-shirt – brightly coloured or black, Scissors, Velcro dots, Felt, Strong glue (a glue gun or fabric glue).  Steps by step to the no-sew cape

For Mask & Cape, you need

toilet rolls

paint/colouring crayons

scissors

glue stick

printer 

A4 sheet of card 

Mask templates & superhero logos (download below)

Superhero Masks

Firstly, choose your either colour version or pre-coloured version and print them onto the lightweight card. After you colour the masks, cut them out and create the “eye area” and small holes on each side of the mask for the string. If the mask doesn’t fit perfectly, you can enlarge or reduce the size of the eyes if you need to. Download mask templates 

Superhero Cuffs

Cut the toilet rolls lengthwise on one side. So that there is a kind of opening.

Let the kids choose which superhero they want to be and then choose the paint colours for the rolls. Print the superhero logos in colour. And cut it out. Download superhero logos here, Glue the logos on the painted toilet rolls & you’re done. 

ACTS OF KINDNESS

Every day across the week, we’ll be posting ideas and activities to inspire kindness, and we tried to mix it up so there’s something for youngsters of all ages –  of kindness to themselves to others and the planet, especially at a time like this.  You can find a host of other resources and ideas to create the 7-day challenge that’s right for your child’s

KIDADL

This site is packed with inspiration for at-home fun and learning during the lockdown.  All their content is thoroughly researched and hand-picked for tots to teens – and only feature those endorsed by our parent community. Visit Kidadl https://blog.kidadl.com/subcategory/lockdown

DESIGNS FOR CHANGE

The Design for Change movement aims to empower every child with the ‘I CAN mindset’ – that children are ‘Not helpless, Change is possible and They can drive it’.Their do-good from the home initiative is also packed with acts of kindness suitable for children of all ages.   Site: https://dfcworld.com/SITE

ACT 1, CELEBRATING KINDNESS,  HAPPY HEART HUNT

Let’s blanket our world with LOVE! It’s simple! Just make a heart from any object and tape it to a street-facing window to send your love out to the world. Encourage all your friends to do the same. Then, in a few days, take a family walk (keeping 6 feet distance from others!) to search for other hearts on houses. How fun it will be to watch love grow!

ACT2, SHOWING YOU CARE. KINDNESS IN THE MAIL

With email, text, Skype, and FaceTime, people rarely receive anything other than flyers and bills in the mail. This is a great craft to encourage kids to connect to loved ones who live far away, to send them kind thoughts, and to foster positive good feelings towards others.

ACT 3, HELPING OTHERS, CHILDREN FOR CHARITY

Teach your children the importance of charity work. Help build a foundation of charitable giving for your children and show them that their actions, no matter how small, can make a real difference.

Let them choose their causes. They’re more likely to want to support a cause that they know about and identify with. Be sensitive to their age and introduce causes that match their interests. Children’s hospitals where they can donate old toys or local farms and where in time they will be playing with the animals and donate money often work well for children.

You can also use CAF’s Charity Search to help find a charity that is local to you and matches their chosen cause. CAF allows you to search for any charity online and make a donation straight from their site.

https://www.givingtuesday.org.uk/5-ways-teach-children-charity/

https://www.cafonline.org/system/charity-search-results

ACT 4, CREATE A KINDER SOCIETY, CHILDREN TAKE ACTION TOGETHER

Tapori is a worldwide network of children whose motto is: “We want all children to have the same chances” is asking children to come together during the global pandemic by creating Messenger Birds with messages of solidarity to each other from around the world. It’s for all children, from whatever background, to share their hopes for the future as they find their lives so changed by the pandemic.

UK’s End Child Poverty will collate all the images of birds and messages that are received to send to our decision-makers so that they know what is important to children when making decisions about our country’s recovery from Covid-19.

Find out more and download the bird template 
http://www.endchildpoverty.org.uk/children-celebrate-together/

ACT 5, HONOUR NATURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT, THE BEE CAUSE

Britain’s bees are in trouble. 35 UK bees species are under threat of extinction, and all species face serious threats. Right now, they need us almost as much as we need them.

The decline in bees’ diversity and abundance would have a serious impact on how our natural world functions. This includes our food crops. Bees pollinate much of the food that makes our diets healthy and tasty – from the apple in our lunchbox, to the tomatoes on our pizza. 

Launched in 2012 to reverse bee decline in the UK, great work has been done. But bees aren’t safe yet –

You can join in many ways and give bees a brighter future by visiting 

https://friendsoftheearth.uk/bees

ACT 6, BE KIND TO YOURSELF, MINDFULNESS FOR EARLY YEARS

For younger children

Your child’s mental health is more important than ever right now and there are so many great resources out there to help keep them mindful. We’ve rounded up the best of them that you can access for free, including a brand new exciting collaboration between Headspace and Sesame Street.

MONSTER MEDITATIONS youtube.com/sesamestreet

For teenagers

In this great video from the geniuses at TED, mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe explains the huge benefits of meditation and mindfulness practices and how to fit it all into everyday life. This would be a great Ted Talk to watch with your teen to introduce mindful exercise and show them a first-hand account of how beneficial it can be.

https://www.ted.com/talks/andy_puddicombe_all_it_takes_is_10_mindful_minutes

ACT 7, SHOW GRATITUDE, DELIVER THANKS TO THOSE THAT DELIVER 

Delivery drivers are working extra hard to ensure we have the products we need during this COVID-19 social distancing. Let’s thank them with a selection of goodies like a chocolate bar, a soft drink, a cake a soft drink or a savoury snack, wrap up as few or as many as you like, attach a note that says thank you for the hard work they are putting to makes sure the country has what it need. Whatever you give, just do it with LOVE!

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