Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Our Kindness Jar {via Teach Preschool}

We are spreading kindness this month through our 100 Acts of Kindness project. We are challenging our readers to perform 100 acts of kindness between Jan 16th and Feb 14th. You can read more about our kindness challenge here. Many of our blogging friends have joined the challenge and will be sharing ways that you can spread kindness here and on their blogs. Today we are privileged to have Deborah from Teach Preschool as our guest blogger. Welcome Deborah!

I am so pleased to take part in this special celebration of 100 Acts of Kindness. Kindness can and should be promoted in the preschool classroom (or at home) all throughout the school year but with Valentine's Day just around the corner, it is a great time of year to consider different ways to celebrate kindness...

Promoting kindness

Acts of kindness can be simple things children say or do that demonstrate a concern or care for others. Promoting kindness is an important part of helping children build a sense of empathy for others...

The Kindness Jar

A kindness jar is a fun way to promote acts of kindness. The kindness jar is simply a clear jar that you can decorate and add a label. I have included a pdf of "Our Kindness Jar" for you to use if you would like to make your own jar. Simply click on the label shown below....

What to do...

At the beginning of your day, invite each child to fill out a kindness note (shown above) by completing the sentence, "I am kind when I....".
  • Print the child's answer on the kindness note.
  • Have the children fold their kindness notes and place in the kindness jar.
  • At the end of the day, reach into the kindness jar and pull out a kindness note.
  • Read each kindness note out loud to the entire class.
  • As you read each note, ask the children to raise their hand if they saw someone doing this act of kindness.
  • Invite the children to elaborate on their view or story of each Act of Kindness.
  • If you have a larger class, this process can be spread out over several days.

Notice that I didn't add a child's name to each kindness note. The notes should be used to promote the children's understanding and awareness of being kind rather than as a tool for accountability...

Celebrating kindness

If your students enjoy this process, why not do it all week then finish off the week by having an Act of Kindness celebration!

About Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed

Deborah has served in the field of early childhood education for over 25 years as a teacher, director, curriculum developer, consultant, and speaker. Deborah currently owns her own private preschool called the Teach Preschool Children's Studio. You can learn more about Deborah and enjoy the experiences and insights she shares on teaching young children over at her Teach Preschool Blog.

Thanks for such great ideas Deborah! You can find many ideas for promoting kindness in addition to other phenomenal teaching ideas over at Deborah's blog Teach Preschool and over on the Teach Preschool Facebook page. My favorite Teach Preschool posts include the Magnetic Marble Tube Run and M&M painting, since I am a big M&Ms fan!

If you've missed any of our kindness challenge posts so far, you can catch up by clicking the links below:
Stayed tuned for a guest post by Allison McDonald from No Time for Flashcards tomorrow!


  1. I've been needing a way to teach my daughter kindness. We've been struggling with that subject when it comes to her and her 2 year old sister. We'll see what we can do with the jar idea. Thanks for sharing.

  2. What a wonderful idea! And a great way to bring to life acts of kindness to preschoolers!

  3. Thank you for this wonderful series! Teaching and modeling kindness starts from day one:)

  4. I really like the idea of not having the children write their names down - great way to introduce the concept of kindness to preschoolers!

  5. I love that you're doing this in your preschool, Deborah! The kindness jar and printables are wonderful ... thanks so much for sharing! I pinned your post to my Valentine's Day Pinterest board and my Kindness Projects board at

    1. I agree Deb and pinned them too! What an adorable idea! I love your pinterest boards btw!

  6. Great post! I found your site on Pinterest when I did a search for kindness jars. I did a post today on starting traditions of kindness in our homes. I wanted to find other ideas to share with my readers and will be pinning this and posting on The SIP project FB page. Really great ideas here! Thank You! Would love to be involved in something like this. So happy to have found you all today!


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