Category Archives: CHILDREN’S COMMUNITY PROJECTS

INVOLVING CHILDREN IN COMMUNITY PROJECTS: Kindness Bingo

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KINDNESS BINGO:

To start out 2017, our community project this month is a refresher on being kind. For them to fully understand why we work on community/service projects, they need to fully understand kindness.

We have been reading books on kindness and taking extra time to point out actions we see around us that are kind. To help with that, we have been playing Kindness Bingo and the children have been rewarded when we get a bingo on our card.

Skills Worked on with this Project:
-Learned about feelings and emotions
-Had discussions about why we should be kind, how it makes us feel
-Put kindness into action

To download your own kindness bingo sheet click here: kindness-bingo

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INVOLVING CHILDREN IN COMMUNITY PROJECTS: Halloween Cards for Children’s Hospital

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MAKING HALLOWEEN CARDS FOR CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL:

This October I came across a request for cards for Children’s Hospital, so I had the kids make some. Even our 18 month old was able to help on this one.

Skills Worked on with this Project:
-Learned about hospitals and community helpers
-Talked about how we would feel if we couldn’t go somewhere for Halloween
-Fine Motor
-Creativity
-Imagination
-Discussed our Halloween traditions

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INVOLVING CHILDREN IN COMMUNITY PROJECTS-Making Food for Volunteers

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MAKING FOOD FOR VOLUNTEERS

This September, our town experienced a flood threat. A few days before the flood happened, the town joined together to protect the town by relocating residents, putting up Hesco barriers and sandbagging. This month for our Community Project, the children formed an assembly line and made sandwiches to take to volunteers at the sandbagging sites.

Skills Worked on with this Project:
-Learned about helping others in need
-Talked about our community
-Discussed weather and natural disasters
-Learned about assembly lines
-Used teamwork to make the sandwiches
-Fine motor skills were used in making/packaging the sandwiches

CHILDREN’S COMMUNITY PROJECTS: Color-A-Smile

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May 2016 Community Project:

This was a new project for us. I think I found it through Pinterest. We colored coloring sheets that were printed from the Color-A-Smile website and sent them in for them to distribute.

Website: http://colorasmile.org/

Skills Learned/Worked On During This Project:
-Talked about helping others
-Talked about feelings
-Worked on color recognition
-Fine Motor Skills
-Talked about bugs (our coloring sheets has a caterpillar)
-Talked about the weather (our coloring sheets has a sun on them)

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INVOLVING CHILDREN IN THE COMMUNITY: Crayola Color Cycle

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March 2016 Community Project:

 

This was a new project for us. We helped a local elementary school earn new packages of markers for their art program. We collected our dried out markers and donated them to the school for them to recycle towards new ones.

Website: http://www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx

Skills Learned/Worked On During This Project:
-Talked about helping others
-Worked on color recognition
-Fine motor skills (the kids had to cap and uncap the markers while testing them to see which ones were dried out)
-Talked about what recycling is and why it’s good

INVOLVING CHILDREN IN THE COMMUNITY: New Year Care Package for Children’s Hospital

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January 2016 Community Project:

Sending things to the Children’s Hospital is not a totally new project for us, we used to yearly send them Valentine Cards and Valentine items, and have sent them personal care item care packages, but this year thought we’d send them a New Year Care Package.

We went through the child care and found all our old craft kits (such as bunnies we made last year for an Easter craft and the package came with 12, but we only had 9 children, so we sent them the extra 3 kits), some new books and made them some New Year Cards.

Craft items are in big demand at the hospital, as these are items that can help keep the children occupied during their stays.

Website: https://www.uichildrens.org/

Skills Learned/Worked On During This Project:
-Talked about helping others.
-Talked about feelings (like missing someone, feeling lonely, feeling ill).
-Learned new vocabulary from the stories we read.
-Worked on fine motor skills when decorating cards.

INVOLVING CHILDREN IN THE COMMUNITY: Holiday Cards for Hero’s

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December 2015 Community Project:

Holiday Cards for Hero’s is also a new project for us. This project is now organized by local Red Cross facilities, so if you want to participate, you just contact your area Red Cross office.

The kids decorated and wrote messages in holiday cards and we sent them in to the Red Cross.

website: http://www.redcross.org/local/ia

Skills Learned/Worked On During This Project:
-Talked about helping others.
-Learned about feelings (like missing someone, feeling lonely).
-Talked about how things make us feel.
-Shared stories about what things we were grateful/thankful for.
-Learned new vocabulary from the stories we read.
-Talked about who we see during the holidays
-Talked about how not everyone gets to see family at holidays.
-Worked on fine motor skills when decorating cards.