Did you know that tomorrow is World Kindness Day? It’s wonderful to have a day to officially recognize kindness, and hopefully it will prompt us to extend kindness and love to each other each and every day. One of the reasons I wrote LOVE IS KIND was so that kids could see through a fun story just how varied and wonderful extending love and kindness to others can be! Here now, to help you celebrate KINDNESS after reading LOVE IS KIND, are six book-themed extension activities. Enjoy!
- PUT ON A PLAY. Creatively re-enacting the story is a great way to embrace and reinforce the wonderful message of the story. So, after reading LOVE IS KIND, have fun retelling it using stuffed animals, puppets, or yourselves! Don’t forget to grab three coins, a dollar bill, and a crinkled coupon! For extra fun, write the snippets from I Corinthians 13 that are found within the illustrations on sentence strips. Then have one child hold up at the right places during the re-enactment.
- DO A PICTURE READ THROUGH. After reading LOVE IS KIND, flip things around by having your child re-read it to you using the pictures as clues! Reading the pictures is a great pre-reading skill because it encourages interacting with the page. So, snuggle up and enjoy being “read” to. Reading the story again and again is also a good way to take to HEART the message of the story – that kindness and love aren’t found in a box – even one filled with chocolates.
- MEMORIZE I CORINTHIANS 13: 4 – 8a by SINGING it! This famous Bible passage was inspirational to LOVE IS KIND and snippets of it appear throughout the story. As you read, look for them in the illustrations! Afterwards, open your bibles and play around with various familiar tunes that you could sing the passage to. My favorite pick: Sing to the tune of “Happy Birthday” and when you get to the finale – “Love never fails” sing that to the “Happy Birthday” postscript – “…and many more.” Songs, as you probably know, are a great (and fun) way to memorize all sorts of things because the melodies and words combined stay with us – our whole lives.
- SEND a “KINDNESS” POSTCARD to SOMEONE SPECIAL. Illustrator Lison Chaperon created awesome postcard printables to celebrate the release of LOVE IS KIND. Print one (preferably in color) for each child and glue as directed. Post card printables are found in this Love is Kind Activity Kit from Zonderkidz. When dry have your child write a sweet “I love you” or “Kind thought” message to someone special – perhaps a grandparent or beloved aunt or uncle or teacher. It’s a perfect opportunity to reinforce correspondence conventions, address writing skills, and old-fashioned empathy. Then affix proper postage and take a trip to the post office to mail!
- SPREAD SOME EDIBLE LOVE. After reading LOVE IS KIND, bake a batch of your favorite sugar cookies – heart-shaped, of course. Decorate with icing, then arrange them on a plate and deliver them to a neighbor, family member, or friend who could use a little extra dose of love and kindness. Or, if you have heart-shaped molds (available at your favorite craft or confectionary making shop) make your own heart-shaped chocolates and deliver those instead. Or, bake some muffins and top them with these delightful character-themed muffin toppers (with recipe), created by the illustrator and have a kindness tea party.
- COLOR, make an OWL MASK or DRAW ! After reading LOVE IS KIND, print out one of these adorable coloring pages and have fun coloring while you talk about your favorite bits of the story which can all be found in the LOVE IS KIND Activity Kit Zonderkidz has created to accompany the book. Or, have your child DRAW their favorite scene. Then talk about what made it their favorite. Have fun!
Tune in again tomorrow as I celebrate WORLD KINDNESS DAY with a special post and giveaway over at Noelle Kirchner’s blog. Pop over today to see her kindness devotional. I’ll post the link for tomorrow’s visit on my blog tomorrow.
Happy Reading, all… and I hope your day is filled with KINDNESS AND LOVE!
Note: A variation of this post appeared at Becky Kopitzke’s wonderful blog in August as part of my blog tour. Thank you for having me, Becky!