Monday, January 18, 2016

Build a Kindness Tree

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! We are kicking off our 5th annual 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge today and a lot has changed at our house since a week ago when I announced this challenge.

The biggest change is that we had our new baby (scroll down for pictures) and we are now a family of 6! We have been the recipients of many many acts of kindness over the past four days since our little one arrived. We are so grateful!

Now that we are home from the hospital we have kicked off the 100 Acts of Kindness challenge at our house and we are building a kindness tree! 


  • a lot of colored cardstock
  • scissors
  • painters tape
  • large roll of brown paper (I got mine in the mailing section at Target)
  • black marker
  • large envelope

One thing we like to teach in our family is the importance of doing kind things for others- both inside and outside of our home. Often we have an easier time being kind to others (and not each other in our family...) so we are working on both this month!


This week my awesome co-host Megan at Coffee Cups and Crayons is announcing our 1st KINDNESS CHALLENGE so make sure to head over and check it out. Your goal is to accomplish each weekly challenge! We can't wait to get started.


Martin Luther King Jr. was a great example of someone who was constantly doing things for others!

This month during the kindness challenge every time I catch my kids doing something kind for someone else they will get a kindness heart to put on our kindness tree.

I tell them that I am constantly watching and will randomly give out hearts (I don't give them out for each and every single act of kindness). They also get to give me and their dad kindness hearts too!

We write down why they earned the heart on the heart before we stick it on the wall.

Before we could get started we had to cut out 100 hearts and stick them in an envelope nearby our kindness tree.

We are also going to try and keep a tally of our acts of kindness so that we don't have to count the hearts every day.


This was super simple! I just drew a tree outline onto the large brown paper, cut it out, and then stuck it on the wall! I added details to the tree with a big black sharpie. 

If you are joining our kindness challenge I would love to hear how YOU are going to keep track of all 100 acts of kindness that you do.

Don't forget to join our 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge Facebook group to swap ideas and collaborate with other people!

Also, make sure to follow the hashtag #100actsofkindness on Instagram and check out some of the activities we share over there too. I'm @kristinatoddlerapproved and Megan is @coffeeandcrayon.

So excited that so many of you are joining us this year to spread kindness!

PS- Here are a few pictures of our newest addition! We have been enjoying cuddling with her a bunch and relaxing at home together.


  1. Oh I love this idea!
    The kids love the Thankful Tree we do each November; this seems like such an wonderful extension to that -- creating a kindness tree. I think I even have some brown packing paper that will work in a pinch!

  2. Hi! I plan to do this with my first grade class. I truly love the idea am excited to do it with them. Does the person who does the kindness act write the heart? Thanks!

    1. I am wondering the same thing. Our theme for March is REading month, is going to be based on acts of kindness.

  3. I love this idea and I"ll be preparing the hearths this Tuesday.thanks AMAZING PROJECT.


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