Teaching your little ones to be citizens of the world

Encouraging your children to participate in different activities is an excellent way to let them learn about the world around them. Although volunteer activities often focus on helping others, they offer numerous physical, mental, and social benefits to children. 


Some of the benefits of such activities for your kids are:

  • Enhanced world perspective
  • Inspiration and commitment
  • Life skills introduction
  • Social skills development
  • Improved mental health
  • Develop a sense of purpose
  • Improved self-awareness
  • Enhance self-esteem

For instance, small children can perform volunteer activities at daycare to learn about the world and enhance their emotional and social growth, making it an essential part of childcare. Parents must teach their children to volunteer because it allows them to learn important lessons in life, such as appreciating family, shelter, home food, and society. In today’s article, we will give you some volunteer activities or ideas for kids. Read on!

Volunteer at home

Although volunteering at home is not as fascinating as a mission trip to West Africa, contributing at home is the best way to build a strong foundation for your kids. Here are some ideas you can use to get your children serving at home:

Love language

Discuss with your children the power of love and compassion and ask them to determine meaningful ways to show love to their siblings and elders. Allow your kids to create a plan or schedule for the following week and let them keep a journal of family members’ reactions to their act of kindness.

Helpers hints

Infant care and preschool children require healthy development, leading to improved cognitive development, gross and fine motor skills enhancement, educational achievement, responsible citizenship, and lifelong health.

Help your children draw pictures of a way to “volunteer” to help out each member of the family. Some examples are “give a hug,” “make dad’s bed,” or “do the dishes.” Each day, your child can choose a slip of paper, read the hint, and do a good deed!

Volunteer at an institution

Whether or not your child is religious, structured institutions like school and church give children structure to respect others. Provide opportunities for your children to volunteer at school or church! Here are some ideas of volunteer activities: 

Toy Wash 

Kids can help the nursery staff by washing toys. Preschool children and preteens can collaborate to scrub plastic toys based on the nursery policies.

Wash car Windows 

This is an excellent volunteer activity for preteens. Take your children to a friends and let them wash all the neighbors car windshields. 

Volunteer in the Community

Research shows that over 73% of children believe they can serve their communities and make a huge difference. However, they need opportunities to act on this belief. Here are some cool ideas in LA: 

Volunteer to Read

Many schools and libraries in Los Angeles, California, look for volunteer readers. Encourage your children to help younger children read some valuable books at their schools. However, this activity must be outside regular classes. 

Help Neighbors

If you have older kids, they can help neighbors in many ways. For instance, they can mow, weed, paint, and carry out pet-sitting. On the other hand, preschool children can enjoy leaving handmade cars or flowers on neighbors’ doorsteps.

Help the less fortunate

As a parent, encourage yourself and your kids to clean closets and donate used toys and clothes to less fortunate children. You can also donate old clothes and toys to charity organizations that support underprivileged families.

Use the following tips to keep your children’s volunteer activities running effectively and streamlined:

Plan Ahead

You may not know, but the best-intentioned volunteer activities can backfire if you have not planned effectively. Sit down in a comfortable environment with your kids and take your time to map, coordinate, and assess every activity.

Be Specific

Analyze your expectations from your kids. Everyone, including your children and adults, needs to know about their respective jobs. Remember, some children have behavioral problems, meaning you need to be clear about their behavioral expectations and assign volunteer work that aligns with their skills.

Structure Each Activity

If you want to make your children feel responsible and valued, give them structured tasks, allowing them to do as much as they are capable of doing. Besides, plan for supplies, snacks, and transportation.

Final Words

Volunteering offers a wide range of benefits to your kids, including broadening their worldly experience, developing stakes in the local community, enhancing self-esteem, learning leadership skills, etc. Make sure you structure each activity and make them age-appropriate. Until Next Time!

Racing Cars at Big and Tiny Santa Monica

Today we raced cars at Big and Tiny Santa Monica. We made a ramp out of cardboard and then used our favorite colors to paint the cardboard ramp so that we could watch the pain flow down the ramp. 


We used all recycle materials including an old cardboard box to make a car ramp and we collected our favorite cars around the school. We were able to find a pretty good selection of cars to race from Big and Tiny’s diverse toy collection. 

It was so cool to see how the paint splattered all over the board and even on our hands! All the kids had fun and got excited about the race. 

“That was cool!” – Freddie 
“On your mark, get set, Go!” – Boone 

The end result was a beautiful piece of cardboard art splatter! 

 

Making Seed Bombs with Mr. Anthony & Hello Bello

To wrap up #earthmonth we made some seed bombs with Mr. Anthony! These easy to create seed bombs bring sustainable beauty that lasts far beyond the month of April.

What is a seed bomb?

A seedbomb is a little ball made up of a combination of compost, clay and seeds.

What is it used for?

The compost and clay act as a carrier for the seeds so they can be launched over walls or. fences into areas that are difficult to access such as wasteland or railways. Make sure not to throw seed bombs into other peoples gardens, but use them to brighten up abandoned lots or public spaces.

MATERIALS

1. Compostable dirt or clay 
2. Water 
3. Seeds of any kind! Flowers are usually more fun 
4. Mixing bowl 

STEP BY STEP 

*Make sure to watch the video above with Mr. Anthony for context:

  1. In a bowl, mix together 1 cup of seeds with 5 cups of compost/dirt and 2-3 cups of clay powder (you could use clay soil instead if you have it).

  2. Slowly mix in water with your hands until everything sticks together.

  3. Roll the mixture into firm balls.

  4. Leave the balls to dry in a sunny spot.

  5. Now for the fun bit! Plant your seed bombs by throwing them at bare parts of the garden and wait to see what pops up!

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