Class kindness posters
Brainstorm ways you can be kind as a class. This might include saying hi, smiling at others, giving high-fives, sharing, using kind words, inviting someone new to join a game at lunch, listening well, etc.
Ask students to choose an idea they like and turn it into a poster you can display in your room.
Start a kindness buddy programme where tamariki get the name of classmate they can surprise with a little (or a lot!) of kindness that week. Say that this is a good chance to be kind to people they’re not already close friends with.
Put everyone’s names in a box, and invite students to choose one and keep it secret. Collect the names back, then revisit some of the simple things they could do for their kindness buddy. I.e. Be friendly, share, give them a note or drawing, encourage them, tell them something they’re good at, etc.
At the end of the week, do a grand reveal (or keep it secret), and let tamariki choose new names.
Theme of the day!
To encourage different types of kindness, establish special ‘kindness days’ with different topics. E.g. Kindness In The Classroom Day. Good Manners Day. Kindness At Home Day. Spreading Smiles Day. Helping Hand Day. Letting People Know You Care Day.
Give out stickers. Put up balloons! Make it fun. And after each day, reflect on students’ experiences. How did showing that particular sort of kindness make them feel? How did people respond? Did it brighten their day? How so? How could they like use this type of kindness more in their everyday lives?