Holiday Fun with Purpose: The Kindness Elf (Free Printable!)

Plus 25 ideas for random acts of kindness that can help your kids remember the reason for the season

By Macaroni KID November 26, 2023

Looking for a fun and meaningful way to celebrate the holiday season with your family? Try introducing a Kindness Elf! This is a simple yet impactful way to teach children about the importance of kindness during the holidays. 

Want to introduce a Kindness Elf at your house? He can show up at any time! We put together a free printable letter for you that explains the concept to your kids.

What you'll need for this project:

Each day your kids can pull a paper from the jar and complete the random act of kindness. You can also have them add their own ideas to the jar to make them feel even more connected to this project.

25 ideas for random acts of kindness

Need some easy ideas for random acts of kindness your kids can do? Here are 25 ideas to help get you started. You can choose which ones work for your family, and add your own ideas to the mix! Simply write each one on an individual piece of paper or craft stick and add to your family's kindness jar.


Smile at everyone
Clean up your room
Play a game together
Take a dog for a walk
Donate to a food pantry
Compliment five friends
Donate classroom supplies
Hold the door open for others
Buy flowers for someone today
Tell a funny joke to make someone laugh
Bake some holiday cookies for a neighbor
Make a card for your teachers and coaches
Donate dog or cat supplies to an animal shelter
Visit a retirement home and give out cards and candy canes
Write a story or poem about the holidays to share with family
Leave a care package for the mailman or another delivery driver
Donate clothes and gently used toys to someone who needs them
Make a card or bake a holiday treat for the police or fire department
Give your sibling or friend a compliment and tell them why you love them
Pass out stickers or other small gifts to let friends know you're thinking about them
Write words of encouragement on sticky notes and leave them wherever a little kindness is needed
Have a no-trash lunch day by taking your lunch in reusable containers and utensils and a cloth napkin
Help with chores
Donate a new toy

Get your free letter introducing the Kindness Elf to your kids now:

✨Happy holidays!✨