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It’s important for all of us to show support and care for those in our community. Consider this of hardship as an opportunity to model for your kids how even small acts of kindness can go a long way toward bringing others a sense of connection and joy.

These three activities are ones the Life Time Kids team often has kids do during their Summer Camp experience at Life Time. Try any or all of them as a family — they’re simple ways to make someone’s day. And as a bonus, they’ll keep your kiddos entertained for a while.

Thank You Cards for Frontline Workers and First Responders

Show your local healthcare workers and first responders appreciation for their service by them making homemade cards filled with messages of gratitude.

What you’ll need:

  • Construction paper and/or cardstock
  • Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Paint, sequins, or glitter (optional)

Fold the construction paper or cardstock in half to serve as the base for your card. Decorate each card with cutout construction paper, a drawn photo, a thoughtful message, or any other embellishments you have on hand.

Once you’re done, place your cards in a large envelope and mail them to or drop them off for the recipients.

Chalk Messages for Neighbors

Having limited access to or contact with our social networks has made this time even harder for most. Show your neighbors you’re thinking of them by giving them a sweet surprise to see when they walk out their door.

What you’ll need:

  • Chalk

Use your chalk to write encouraging messages, leave a positive quote, or draw pictures on your neighbors’ driveways or the sidewalks around your community.

Paper Hugs

With recommendations for social distancing, hugs outside of immediate family have been limited for many people. Send loved ones who your kids haven’t been able to hug in real life in a while this little reminder of their love and affection — as well as their size at this moment in time.

What you’ll need:

  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
  • Glue or glue stick
  • Paint, sequins, or glitter (optional)

Trace your children’s hands on the construction paper, then have them cut them out and decorate with any embellishments they want. Let dry if adding glued-on embellishments.

Have your children stand with arms spread out wide to the sides and measure a piece of string from wrist to wrist, so it’s the length of their arm span. Cut with scissors, then glue the decorated hands to each end of the string.

Once it’s dry, tuck the paper hug into a large envelope and mail to your loved ones.

Molly Schelper
Molly Schelper

Molly Schelper is the director of content strategy at Life Time.

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