National Random Acts of Kindness Day (February 17)
Check out the weird holiday Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17. Learn the history of this day, and get ideas on how to celebrate.
One weird holiday on February 17 is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. Check out the other weird February holidays!
History of National Random Acts of Kindness Day
This is an unofficial national holiday in the United States, but it’s celebrated officially in New Zealand on September 1.
It’s really easy to do a random act of kindness! You can smile at a stranger, compliment a co-worker, or even pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru. Just look around; there are so many ways you can be kind!
In 1993, Anne Herbert published her book Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty.
This weird holiday is celebrated by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAKF). It was first initiated in 1995 in Denver, Colorado. It moved to New Zealand in 2004 (although it’s celebrate on September 1 there).
According to their website:
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is a small nonprofit that invests our resources into making kindness the norm.
We are rooted in the belief that all people can connect through kindness and that kindness can be taught. We follow a simple framework for everything we do. Inspire -> Empower -> Act -> Reflect -> Share. Our evidence-based Kindness in the Classroom® curriculum gives students the social and emotional skills needed to live more successful lives. Our workplace kindness calendar shows companies how easy it is to change workplace culture through simple kind gestures. We create a common language between schools, work and home with all of our resources.
One of the best ways to celebrate this holiday is by paying it forward. To get in the mood, check out the incredible movie Pay It Forward – we dare you not to cry.
Ideas for National Random Acts of Kindness Day
In addition to the resources on the RAKF website and performing simple acts of kindness, you can use these resources as well!
How to Make Blessings Bags for the Homeless + Free Printable
Help the men and women on the street with these blessings bags for the homeless. Put them together on National Random Acts of Kindness Day with your kids, then keep them in your car to hand out.
Kindness Activities and Volunteer Activities with a Fidget Spinner
Help your kids show how kind they are on National Random Acts of Kindness Day with these printable fidget spinner kindness activities and volunteer activities.
Christmas Kindness Santa Beard Cutting Activity (FREE Printable)
Even though Christmas is over, Santa is still watching! For National Random Acts of Kindness Day, let your kids trim Santa’s beard daily while doing a random act of kindness.
Free Kindness Coloring Pages for Kids
Nowadays a very important lesson to teach kids is to be kind. One great way to educate kids is to use these free kindness coloring pages on National Random Acts of Kindness Day.
Random Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar (With Free Printable)
While we all try to practice random acts of kindness throughout the year, incorporating these activities into a calendar for National Random Acts of Kindness Day keeps the true meaning of life at the forefront.
Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar
Instead of using this for Christmas, give it a try on National Random Acts of Kindness Day and celebrate all month with this Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar.
105 Random Acts of Kindness For Kids
When’s the last time that you passed along a few random acts of kindness? In this post, you’ll get some amazing and simple ideas on how you can pay it forward on National Random Acts of Kindness Day to those around you!
Free Printable Kindness Calendar for Kids
Celebrate National Random Acts of Kindness Day for an entire month with this free printable kindness calendar for kids!
Random Acts of Kindness Ideas
Give back this Febrary season by doing some random acts of kindness. It’s a great way to make someone’s day better and get you in the spirit of National Random Acts of Kindness Day.
Random Acts of Kindness
Random acts of kindness don’t just have to happen once in a while or only on National Random Acts of Kindness Day. With these simple random acts of kindness you can spread joy throughout the whole year!
How to Encourage Daily Kindness with Kindness Dice Activitity
Encourage daily kindness on National Random Acts of Kindness Day with this kindness dice activity that helps kids speak and act with kindness more often.
20 Children’s Books About Kindness
Looking for some great children’s books about kindness for National Random Acts of Kindness Day? You’re in the right place to get a list of titles that champion kindness.
101 Kindness Acts for Kids
Here are 101 great kindness acts for kids to do National Random Acts of Kindness Day! Kindness is contagious and paying it forward can be extremely rewarding.
100+ Acts Of Kindness For Kids To Do A Kindness Challenge
Here are more than 100 acts of kindness for your kids to do on National Random Acts of Kindness Day as a challenge. Use the free printables to get started!
Valentine's Day Random Acts of Kindness Idea for Kids
This fun post-Valentine's Day tradition is a great way to use discounted Valentine's Day items at the store! Use them to celebrate National Random Acts of Kindness Day.
145 Inspiring Kindness Quotes for Kids
Are you looking for inspiring random acts of kindness quotes for kids to hear on National Random Acts of Kindness Day? Here are Kindness Sayings for Children including matching books, activities, and free printable kindness day quotes.
Random Acts of Kindness for Kids PLUS Free Printable
Help your children learn to be kind to others on National Random Acts of Kindness Day with these random acts of kindness for kids. Use the free printable as a check list to help your kids complete each task.
How to Spread Kindness this Summer With Random Acts of Kindness for Kids
Spread kindness on National Random Acts of Kindness Day with these random acts of kindness for kids, including free printables to go along with the activities.
DIY Valentine's Day Countdown + Acts of Kindness Printable
Did your kids see Valentine's Day as a day to get lots of candy from friends? Use National Random Acts of Kindness Day as a way to recover!
Kindness Activities for Kids: 2 Styles of Charts with Variety of Ways to Enjoy (Free)
Kindness activities for kids are simple ways to instill positive habits. Plus, children learn so much from these types of acts, big or small. Use National Random Acts of Kindness Day as a reason to help your children to engage in kindness activities and get this free printable pack of charts and trackers to help you get started!
110 Random Acts of Kindness for Kids - The ULTIMATE List!
A big list of 110 random acts of kindness for kids, perfect for National Bullying Prevention Month, Random Acts of Kindness Day, or anytime!
30 Simple Random Acts of Kindness + Printable Checklist
Not sure what to do for National Random Acts of Kindness Day? Here are 30 easy ideas plus a free printable checklist!
Kindness Books for Young Kids
Any time is a great time to read to your children (or students) a book (or 2 or more) on kindness. Use National Random Acts of Kindness Day as a way to talk to your younger kids about being kind.
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