I have been trying to talk to the kids about the idea of Spreading Joy in their lives. I like to imagine that this would be the equivalent of Sunday school at church. We talk about how important it is to Spread Joy and not negativity and how that chain reaction can create MORE joy in their community. After school I ask them if they did anything to spread joy in their day and it can be anything from helping another student or sitting with someone new or even just making someone laugh. We had a FREE! Spreading Joy lemonade stand in our front yard. We are basically just trying to keep this as a general theme in our lives and we’ve decided to expand this to a holiday theme. So! The kids and I are sending homemade care packages to people who need some joy in their lives. We asked for suggestions first on Facebook but if we get caught up with those names we may ask you guys! It takes us awhile to make the items that go in there, we haven’t even put together our first one yet, but I’m really hoping this is well-received.
We’re making clay ornaments and drawings and things called “Joy Cards” where we do zendoodles around the word JOY. I wanted to try to find something like a giftcard for a free Redbox rental, but there’s really no way for us to do something like that for less than $5. I don’t really have the funding to spend money on this, we’re hoping that just the creative spirit in each item in the package will be enough to make the person on the other end smile.
But if you can help us think of anything else to do/add, please let me know! I really want the kids to do the majority of the packages, but I am working on the projects with them so there will probably be one piece in each one from me.
What do you think? Do you have any other ideas of things the kids could make? I was thinking about pipe cleaner ornaments, something light for shipping and supplies, but simple enough that the kids could do it. But I’m open to other ideas if you have any!