My younger daughter turned three earlier this month, and in keeping with our new birthday tradition I wanted us to do three acts of kindness in honor of her third birthday. We kept the acts of kindness pretty simple and sweet for my itty-bitty. Here’s what we did:
- Kind “Chalk-Way”: Inspired by an idea that a friend had for our next OrindaCares initiative, the girls and I wrote and drew kind messages with chalk on our front walkway. Our hope was that when visitors came by our notes would put a smile on their face or brighten up their day. It’s also been pretty hot here so we left a bucket of bottled waters on our porch with a note for any local delivery person stopping by.
- Kind Wish Bubbles: My 3-year old loves bubbles so we turned her bubble blowing activity into a kindness game. We picked a few of her favorite people- friends and family members. Then for each bubble we sent a kind wish to one of those people.
- Make-Our-Own Thank You Cards: One of the birthday presents my 3-year old received for her birthday was a Make-Your-Own Card craft set. I usually have my older daughter write her own thank you cards, and was planning to have my younger daughter scribble her name on pre-made thank you cards. But this gift inspired us to create our own thank you cards. The neat part of doing our own cards especially from an easy-to-use craft set was that we talked about each of her friends and what colors and shapes each of her friends would like. I also let my daughter stamp the cards even if they ended up a bit crooked!
These kindness twists to everyday activities were extremely easy to do. So our birthday tradition continues. Next up is my husband! That will be a much longer list! 😉
On a side note…the day before my 3-year olds’ birthday, we were on a Southwest Airlines flight. I asked a stewardess if they could announce that it was her birthday to make her feel a little special. They not only wished her a Happy Birthday on the flight, but they surprised us with a pretzel crown for my daughter. It was an act of kindness we definitely won’t forget! 🙂