By Kassie Mora, Director of Philanthropy
Tradition, family time, and holiday fun make this time of year memorable and exciting. If you’re like me, your calendar is full of tree lightings, train rides, gingerbread house-making, and cookie decorating. At the forefront of it all, however, is giving. As a mom of a little one, I have always been interested in finding things for my little to do that will teach him the importance of giving. So, here are 5 things that kids under 5 can do to give during the holiday season.
- Bake. My little loves to pour the sugar and flour into the bowl. Allow your littles to participate in the baking process and then hand out cookies or freshly baked bread to the neighbors or a local fire or police station.
- Make Christmas Cards. You may have to help with the writing, but littles can paint, color, glue, and sprinkle in order to create their very own Christmas cards. Make a bunch and have them on hand to give to the grocery store clerk, the librarian, the garbage collector, or anyone else your littles admire.
- Sing. Littles love to sing. Teach your littles and a few of their friends some holiday songs and ask permission to walk through a retirement home spreading cheer.
- Donate. It’s time to make room for new toys, anyway. Have your littles gather toys they no longer play with and donate them to a non-profit.
- Participate. There are toy drives, food drives, and many other opportunities to give back during this time of year. Involve your littles and allow them to pick out the toys or food at the store. Then give them some cash and allow them to scan, pay for, and bag the items.
Among all the fun of the season, giving can be some of the most fun and most memorable times you have with your littles. Have a happy holiday!