5 Activities to Engage the Very Young in Charity Work

Added 6th September 2013

The spirit of giving should be kindled while they’re young
Based on children have an inborn sense of compassion in them. Parents should provide activities that will nurture these positive traits while they are very young. Below are some simple ideas how you can promote citizenship and sharing in your family.

Start a fundraiser coin bank
When it comes to giving money, the concept of writing a check to a favourite charitable institution may seem too vague and confusing to children. It’s best to give them a more concrete example. Encourage them to put aside a few coins from their allowance money so they can save up and buy items they can they’ll share with those less fortunate. They can use their coin banks to buy a Marks and Spencer uniform for kids, who don't have school clothes. Their prices, which range from £3 - £14 can easily be achieved by them.

Begin with small tasks
According to About our Kids, preschoolers love showing their concern through simple ways. To introduce the spirit of giving, arts and crafts activities are perfect for them. Together, you can design motivational cards for people who are ill or staying in hospitals or bake snacks for the homeless. Go one stage further at a street party or fete and help youngsters make coin slides and games from cardboard boxes and tubes that will collect money for a good cause.

Turn their birthdays into charity events
To make their special day more memorable, focus on helping other people instead of spending so much on a big birthday bash. Ask guests to donate old books, clothes and toys instead of bringing gifts. Make the young celebrant be involved in certain decisions like choosing where to donate them so that s/he’ll appreciate this activity.

Plant a seed and be bee freindly
Planting trees and growing flowers is a simple task but it has great impact to our environment and wild life. Take little ones, along with some seeds and a spade on a trip to open spaces where planting and sowing is needed and has been agreed by the appropriate authorities.  Seek help from the local parks services or wild life trust to guide you to the perfect planting or sowing spot if it is outside your own garden. Children love helping animals so follow planting advice that supports endangered species, in particular bumble bees will quickly reward children for caring by visiting the flowers they have grown.

On Guerrilla Gardening Richard Reynolds (English)

Adopt a pet
Based on the numbers given by Statistic Brain, 5 million of our furry friends are being sent to various animal shelters yearly. To help them out, parents can opt to adopt them to teach little ones the value of responsibility.



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