Kindness Challenge: Create a Love Books Package



We are excited to be spending 4 weeks participating in Toddler Approved’s 100 Acts of Kindness Project!.  We were thrilled when Kristina asked us if I wanted to give the second challenge!  You may have noticed that at The Educators' Spin On It we LOVE BOOKS!  So we thought it might be fun to include them in our challenge this week!
Week 2 Challenge: Show Kindness by Giving a Book!

This week we are challenging you to perform an act of kindness that helps children learn to read and to love books!  This act can be as simple as giving a book to a friend, leaving a book,  or donating books.  We encourage you to take part in the International Book Giving Day on February 14.  
For our Act of Kindness Challenge we want you to create a LOVE BOOKS Package for a special friend.  It’s so simple to do!  

Here’s How to Send a Love Books Package
  • Pick a book
  • Create an activity or a few to go with the book
  • Put it into an envelope
  • Mail or Give your book package away!

We choose a book that we received at Chick Fil A, LOVE that they give books with their kids meals.  Since we ordered  two kids meals, we received two books.  We didn’t need the second book so instead of exchanging it for Ice cream, my daughters and I decided we could send the book to a friend as a Act of Kindness.  You can usually find budget friendly books at Target’s Dollar Spot, Dollar Tree or Walmart and Scholastic for just a $1 or $2.  


Once we selected the book we needed to come up with some ideas to go along with the book that our friend would enjoy creating.  Franklin Says I Love You is about how Franklin finds ways to tell his mother he loves her.  We came up with a few activities to show love in our house.  



Create Heart Flowers
First we created flowers out of hearts with card stock and attached to straws.  Then we used a toilet paper roll and covered it with scrapbook paper.  





Create a Heart Garland
Then we used the same paper to trace and create Large Hearts to string a Heart Garland.  We included a string so that you can hang it up.
 


Stamp with Hearts
Then we use additional large hearts to decorate using Stamps that we created from foam stickers and recycled lids.  My 2 year old also joined the fun by gluing on hearts onto her large heart.  


Make a Card
Last we create a special card to say “I LOVE YOU” using the paper that we left over from all of our Heart Projects. 

For just a few dollars we gave a book and created a centerpiece, wall decorations, and a card for a special friend as our Act of Kindness!  We can’t wait for our special friend to receive their LOVE BOOKS Package.  For more ideas for LOVE BOOKS Packages check out our LOVE BOOKS Exchanges

We can’t wait to hear about what you do this week!

If you share about it on your website we encourage you to share on our LOVE BOOKS page  {A page created for parents and teachers as a resource for books and activities} Plus stop by Toddler Approved and share with her how you and your family completed this Act of Kindness, plus enter a Book Giveaway

Don't forget to print your own Poster to share about International Book Giving Day!
We can't wait to see how you decide to give a book! 

Did you see our Chat with Megan from Coffee Cups and Crayons and Lauren from Tutus and Tea Parties about Acts of Kindness with Kids?  Check it out!  



We encourage you to visit Toddler Approved for more ideas on the 100 Acts of Kindness Project and the rest of the weekly challenges! She has two giveawasy from Usbourne Books that you'll want to enter to win!  And remember, no act is too small!


FYI Scholastic is having the ONE DOLLAR BOOK SALE NOW!  

9 comments:

  1. I am totally excited about this challenge!! Now we just have to narrow down which book we want to give away to someone (and then pick an activity or two, of course). My kids are going to have so much fun working on this project. Thanks so much for issuing Week 2's challenge!! I love how it ties into International Book Giving Day too!

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  2. Thank you so much! I had the pleasure of writing a post encouraging people to celebrate International Book Giving Day with their kids last year as part of this 100 Acts of Kindness Project. I love the 100 Acts of Kindness Project and giving a book to a child as an act of kindness. My kids and I have had a lot of fun choosing their favorite books and leaving them in waiting rooms for other kids to read. -Amy

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  3. I love this idea! Great timing for us --- As the recipient of a generous pile of hand-me-down books this week from a friend's random act of kindness, my son is especially interested in this project!

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  4. I enjoyed this so much! I wrote about it here: http://www.poeticaperture.com/2013/01/30/week-2-kindness-challenge-love-books/ Thank you!

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  5. I love the idea of sending a book package! Thanks for linking up to our play based learning post. Hope to see you next week too!

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  6. I LOVE every activity you included in your Kindness package but especially the LOVE card. How darling!! Every year my kids make handmade Valentine's for their Aunts and Uncles and we were going to make them tomorrow. I am excited to use your idea! :)

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    1. Thanks Rachel for pinning my post too, my girls had a lot of fun making their LOVE cards. Handmade cards just melt my heart :)

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  7. This would be fun for a gift exchange or just for a kids birthday party. :) The flowers would be fun for a teacher's desk as well.

    Thanks for stopping by our Play to Learn Blog Hop. We'll be hosting again on the first Saturday of March, March 2nd. See you then!

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  8. Oh my, this is wonderful!!!

    thank you so much for your support on International Book Giving Day - absolutely chuffed to have you on board!

    Emma

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