Thursday, April 30, 2009

Thursday 13 - Service Activities for Toddlers

Just thought I'd summarize the terrific answers we got to our first Aloha Friday question: What types of volunteer, service, or random acts of kindness activities can a two-year-old participate in?
  1. Go through own toys and clothes to donate to a shelter or needy child.
  2. Pick out nonperishable food items, either in cupboards at home or in the store, to give to a food bank.
  3. Visit with and/or sing to the elderly at a nursing home, especially in an Easter outfit!
  4. Color pictures, make cards or crafts, or take photos to send to servicemen/women overseas, a nursing home or hospice center, or sick kids. Check out http://www.colorasmile.org/ and http://www.makeachildsmile.org/featured_kids.shtml.
  5. Make and drop off a handmade toy somewhere in town for someone else to find (http://thetoysociety.blogspot.com/)
  6. Pick out toys, books, or baby clothes at a consignment shop or thrift store to give to shelters for kids or mothers in need.
  7. Pick out a new gift for a child in the hospital.
  8. Deliver meals on wheels together.
  9. Sponsor puppies to be trained as assistance/guide dogs.
  10. Pack toiletries or other items for disaster relief efforts.
  11. Make cookies or other baked goods for a blood drive, for the firemen, or to give to an elderly or ill neighbor.
  12. Pick flowers (even dandelions) to give to an elderly friend.
  13. Be a foster family for your local animal shelter.

11 comments:

Somebody Loved said...

You really got some amazing input and ideas for this...good for the blogging.

ToOdLeS.ShEiLa

Debbie said...

Those are wonderful ideas. Now, if everyone would just think like you and want their two year old to participate!

FrankandMary said...

This might encourage a lot of other people with small children to involve them more with the family's charitable endeavors. Good job.

Jen @ One Moms World said...

Such a great list. I definitely want to do more of this.. this summer when the girls are on summer break.

Wifey said...

Great suggestions! I'm going to have my kids pick one and make it happen.

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

texasholly said...

This was amazing. Really interesting ideas that are doable.

Damselfly said...

What a great list! It warms my heart just thinking about my 2-y-o doing some of these things.

Carla said...

What a great list! I know many mothers who made goodies for others, allowing their little one to have a sample, and be part of the delivery process for the others:)

The Krazy Girl said...

Great list!! Thank you for including Make a Child Smile. We love that project. Your blog gets lots of traffic so hopefully it will inspire some people:)

Pamela said...

my grandson Jammin' went there for his 8th birthday. The elephant washed their car.

SurvivingByGrace said...

I'll be passing this list on to others - thank you!