The Love Others Jar is a simple way to spark joy in your children to serve. Just print out the ways to serve below, cut each strip out, and put them in a jar or bag.
Each week, one of your kids picks a card from the jar for your family to fulfill. Ask your children for ideas too- so many creative ideas fill their minds when we ask for their input.
20 Ways to Serve with our Kids
Ring & Run: Dress up in disguise! Leave a flower
or goody bag at a friend’s door with an anonymous
note of why their family is awesome.
Ring the doorbell and run!
Pick out clothes & toys to give away
to a shelter.
Call your grandparents or someone special
and ask them to share one of their best
Write fun and encouraging chalk messages
on a friend’s driveway.
Bring a meal or activity bag to a family of a
Give the principal and a teacher notes saying
you are thankful for all they do.
Leave notes in friends’ mailboxes about
why you appreciate them.
Bring a meal to a friend just to love them well.
Each day this week, hold the door for
Bring your teacher something to make him
or her smile.
Leave post-it-notes for family members of why
they’re special in different places in your home.
Let someone go ahead of you each day this week.
Write 2 thank you notes this week.
Donate books to a local shelter.
Make cookies or a card for the mailman, janitors
at your school or church, or the garbage man to
show them you appreciate them.
Put bubbles and other activities/crafts
in a bag and bring to a family with young children.
Bring new toys to children who are sick and
stay at the hospital.
Write encouraging notes like “you are special”
and put them in library books.
Take treats and cards to first responders to thank
them for their hard work.
Bring fruit and snacks with a poster for nurses and
doctors at your pediatrician’s office or a local
hospital to show gratitude for them.
1 thought on “The Love Others Jar: A Simple Way to Spark Joy in your Children to Serve!”
What a great idea and wonderful learning tool to help children understand how they can reach out to others.