You don’t need to wait until your kids are older to start teaching them how to help others. Even as preschoolers kids can help out others around them. With an early start, your child will have a heart for serving others.
One big way to help your preschooler learn to serve others is to serve yourself. Your preschooler learns from what he sees you doing. If he sees you helping out and volunteering your time, that becomes part of what he knows. He might want to join in and help out along with you.
Let Kids Join
When you do your volunteer work, get your preschooler involved. Some projects may be too dangerous for your preschooler to help with, but others are suitable. It’s a matter of finding a job that your child can handle. If you cook a meal at a local Ronald McDonald house, have your child help with cooking tasks that don’t require sharp objects or heat. If you’re cleaning up a neighbor’s yard, have him carry some small branches.
Nurture Your Child’s Interests
Your preschooler may show some signs of interest in serving. Listen to the concerns he has or the things he notices. He might see that a neighbor needs help carrying in groceries. Or he might worry about pets that are in an animal shelter. When you notice something that he’s interested in, use that as the basis for a service project. You might check with the local animal shelter to see what type of activities are appropriate for your child. You might be able to walk the pets with child, for example. Or you could make homemade treats for the pets.
Plan Family Projects
Get your preschooler involved in serving by planning family service projects. Let your child help with the planning process. Get him involved from the beginning planning stages so he sees what goes in to a service project.
Preschool Service Ideas
Not sure where to start? Here are some service ideas that your preschooler can handle.
- bake cookies for an elderly neighbor
- make cards for residents of a nursing home
- adopt a family at the holidays
- buy and donate supplies for a local shelter
- clean up the neighborhood
- work in a community garden
- fulfill needs for food bank
- donate old toys to kids in need
Find a need in your community and get started. Your preschooler will soon learn to find new ways to help those in need.