It’s been quite a year! When the quarantine started, KiwiCo shared a series of fun weekly community challenges to help stay connected. It’s not too late to join in the fun. Here are 10 ways kids can give back to the community.
Cheer Up Your Neighbors With Chalk Art
This week, your kids can cheer up your neighborhood with chalk art. You can even share your child’s’ creation on Instagram with the hashtag #kiwicocreativechallenge
This activity will get your kids’ creative juices flowing and can be super fun! Neighbors will enjoy walking or driving by your kids chalk art masterpieces. It’s a simple way to put a smile on someone’s face.
Mega Marble Run
Kids all over the world built their own marble runs and added their own twist! The goal of this community challenge was to connect with others around the world one marble run at a time. Check out this Mega Marble Run video to see some of the 700 marble runs sent in by kids in over 20 countries. It’s not too late to create your own! Host a challenge with friends and family near and far. You can find complete instructions here.
Scented Gifts Kids Can Make
Say thank you to someone in your community for their help, encouragement, or support last year. Your kids can get involved in the process by creating beautiful scented gifts. The hands-on projects are simple enough even for your little ones to participate in making them.
Send a Valentine’s Day Card
Consider making a Valentine’s Day Card for friends and family and sending it via snail mail. Reach out to another homeschool family in another state and plan a Valentine card swap between your families. Or, you could leave a Valentine’s Day Card with a small treat for your postal carrier as a way of saying thank you.
Make a Friendship Heart Necklace
Does this DIY remind you of the friendship necklaces you traded as a kid? This tradition has been around for a while. Check out this Friendship Heart Necklace DIY that your child can send to a best friend near or far.
Draw an Undiscovered Dinosaur
Once again, connect with your community of friends and have your kids share their creations. A fun activity for your dinosaur lover is to create an undiscovered dinosaur and make a piece of art showing what they might look like!
Make Foraged Art
If you want to get your kids outside a bit more, making foraged art is a great way to combine the outdoors, nature study, and art in your homeschool. The final project is a fun one to share with your friends and family. And the final product would make a sweet gift to a grandparent!
Create a Costume Using Cardboard
Most of us have loads of extra cardboard boxes that are delivered to our homes each week. A fun way to recycle them is to encourage your kids to create a costume from the cardboard. What will they design? It’s amazing how much fun can be had with a cardboard box. Take pictures and share with family and friends.
Write a Haiku
Sometimes it’s good to encourage our kids to express their emotions with writing. Learning to write a haiku can be a great outlet for them. During the quarantine, many kids shared their haiku with the KiwiCo Community. You can find the complete steps and instructions to help your kids write their own poetry from a published poet herself. Have your kids share their haiku with a grandparent or friend.
Give a Yummy Gift to Neighbors
Finally, what better way to stay connected to your local community than to take a plate of White Chocolate & Cranberry Cookies to your next door neighbor or a shut-in? Surprise them with these goodies and let them know you’re here for them. It’s a great service project that the kids can be involved in too.
If you’d like more creative and hands-on ideas to use with your kids, then consider participating in KiwiCo’s weekly community challenges.
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