Have you heard of the ‘kindness rocks’ movement? We’ve been really into it around here and painted a ton of rocks to hide around town. In honor of our Peace Love and Happiness theme, I wanted to give the boys another outlet to spread ‘peace, love, and happiness’ so we colored inspirational bookmarks to place in books that we were donating to our local Little Free Library boxes. We hope that whomever picks our books is tickled pink by the uplifting messages found within. Even if you’re not donating books (which is not at all mandatory when visiting a LFL), placing a few of these in random books within the library will ensure a pleasant surprise for readers of all ages.
If you weren’t aware, Little Free Library is a NPO that encourages a love for reading and helps to foster community through whimsical neighborhood book exchanges. Our neighborhood got its first Little Free Library this spring and a second one was added just a few weeks ago. Our town has a total of 4 and we’re luckily within 5 blocks of two – with 16 more being added by the fall!!
Craft/Activity/Snack: Kindness Bookmarks
Objective: Spread feelings of peace, love, and happiness by coloring and gifting motivational bookmarks as a random act of kindness
Skills Utilized: pre-writing skills, fine motor skills, social and emotional development
Suggested Reading: Stone Soup
Materials: Kindness Bookmark Printable (PDF available for free here), cardstock, scissors, and crayons
Print the PDF onto cardstock – for $0.50 I was able to get this printed at Staples on their heavy weight cardstock – and cut apart the bookmarks.
Grab some crayons and color together. I gave zero instructions and let the boys color however they pleased.
When they’re all colored in you could laminate them if you wish, but it’s not at all necessary. I had considered it but decided against it as the boys were so eager to get the bookmarks to their new home.
I did take a moment to write on several the boys’ first names and ages:
We had previously gathered some new books and some well-loved titles to donate to our Little Free Libraries.
The boys grabbed their bikes and scooters while the baby came along for the ride in the stroller and we visited our first stop.
Jasper was delighted to place his bookmark into his book of choice.
We stopped by our next box which is an amazing Harry Potter themed installation, and did the same.
If you’d like to visit your local Little Free Library, you can search your zipcode on the LFL map to find your nearest box: https://littlefreelibrary.org/ourmap/
- Hold a kindness rocks rock painting playdate
- Visit your a Little Free Library in your neighborhood or in a surrounding town
- Brainstorm other random acts of kindness – leaving notes in shopping carts, a sticky note on the Target bathroom mirror, etc.