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Teaching kids about contributing to the community is a huge responsibility for us parents, and it can be tough to know where to start! There are many ways to teach your kids about contributing to their community and society, but today we’ll talk about some of the easier to understand approaches.
Although this doesn’t necessarily directly affect the entire community, it’s a great way to start teaching kids about contributing to their savings accounts, future families, and more! Teach them the basics of couponing so they can contribute to the family routine by helping out with saving money.
Giving them incentives to save and earn a portion of the savings is a great way to get them participating. Learning many important life’s lessons starts at home.
2. Let them contribute with their crafty side!
Do your kids love to craft? Whether they knit, crochet, like to make bracelets, or something else – it’s a great way to teach them about contributing! If they knit or crochet, consider starting something like a Linus project where you make blankets for helping sick children in need.
Those amazing warm and easy no sew fleece tie blankets are a great blanket project too! If you don’t have a chapter for the Linus project near you, you can certainly make blankets and donate them to local hospitals or shelters! If your kids decide to make something like bracelets or other small crafts, they can sell them at local flea markets and donate the earnings to a charity of their choice or a cause that is near and dear to their heart.
Allowing them to select the organizations involved that they’ll be donating to is a great way to teach them about contributing and the value of volunteer work.
3. Have them clean their rooms!
Of course, this is something you’re probably already doing but you can take it a step further when teaching kids about contributing to their communities and have them donate unused or unwanted toys. Another alternative would be to have a yard sale where all the earnings get donated or used for a new toy.
You could even help them post items in an online Yard Sale Even though it’s a little different than direct donation, they are still giving people an opportunity to get those unused toys for a huge discount and learning the value of earning some money on their own to purchase their own toys!
4. Organize a food drive.
Local pantries and homeless shelters are basically always in need of food donations. If you have the time to help organize a food drive with your kids, this is a great way to teach about community contributions as well as the selfless act of giving to those less fortunate. Reach out to the school your kids attend and see if they are interested in participating or just reach out to your local support network and see if they’d be willing to participate.
Sometimes local grocery stores are willing to participate in food drives as well so they’re definitely worth reaching out to.
5. Plant some trees!
There are usually parks and other places in need of new trees being planted. Reaching out to your local city and asking if this is a project you can take on with the help of your kids is a great learning opportunity for them. Otherwise, see if your friends or family are in need of some trees being planted and plant some for them!
Additionally, if your kids are learning about the importance of keeping the Earth clean and green, consider a trash pick up day once a week or once a month! Visit your local parks and hiking trails to pick up some trash along the way.
Overall, there are many ways to start teaching kids about contributing to their communities but these are some of the easiest to start out with! What other ways do you teach your kids about contributing to their community? Let’s discuss!