Are you getting ready for National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day? What about No Socks Day? There are all sorts of random holidays, but this week we celebrate a different kind of random—Random Acts of Kindness Week.
Here at KaBOOM!, we know all about the joys of spontaneous play. Whether you want to call them playful acts of kindness or random acts of play, here are seven ways to make friends and strangers smile, this week and beyond:
Give a high five—or five!
It’s impossible not to feel energized after a high five. Use this week as an excuse to give out as many high fives as possible, to strangers and friends alike.
Draw a hopscotch board on the sidewalk.
Turn someone’s routine walk into a hop, skip, and a jump by sketching out a hopscotch board with sidewalk chalk. For extra fun, target a business district to inject some play into the daily grind.
Give classic toys to adults and kids in need.
Know an adult who takes life too seriously? A kid who needs more playtime? Slip them one of those irresistible good old-fashioned toys, like a Slinky, Etch a Sketch, rubber ball, or blob of Silly Putty.
Carry bubbles with you.
Waiting in line at the ATM? Waiting at the bus stop? Waiting to cross the street? Break out some bubbles to pass the time and inject a soapy dose of silliness into a stranger’s day.
Create a pop-up playground.
Bring cardboard boxes and other found objects to a park, plaza, or other public space near you. Let your kids start building and creating, and encourage curious onlookers to get in on the fun.
Leave painted rocks in unexpected locations.
Turn frowns upside down by painting cheerful faces on rocks and “hiding” them throughout your neighborhood.
Take a group of kids to the playground.
Every kid needs some playtime, and every parent needs some “me” time. Make everyone happy by offering to take your friends’ kids to the playground. While you’re there, get in a bonus act of kindness by teaching the kids a new outdoor game.