With your kids out of school for the summer, why not have
them give back to the community during some of their extra time? Having them
participate in community service projects can be a good learning experience
about the importance of charity work, it can help develop life skills, and it
can keep them busy with work that’s good for society. Here are five different
ways that you can have your children get to work and give back to their
If your kids don’t know this already, explain to them that
trees and plants are an important part of the world in which we live. Not only
does their greenery look beautiful and provide wonderful aesthetic pleasure,
they’re also a source of food as well as clean air.
You can start a garden in your back yard and plan on using
the food for portions of your meals. Having homegrown food will cut down on
grocery trips, and help the environment by eliminating gas fumes.
You and your children can also find a spot to plant a tree.
Local parks often have projects wherein individuals and families can sponsor a
tree to be planted. If you do this, you and your children can visit the tree on
a regular basis to view the results of their community service project.
At the right age, allowance can be a pretty great treat for
a kid. It can provide candy, toys, or a variety of other exciting things. If
your children receive a regular allowance, see if they’d be willing to save a
portion of it to donate to a local charity. Explain to them that many people
don’t have enough money to feed or support themselves, and that even small
You can choose the charity together as well. It can be
anything from a homeless shelter, to a humane society, to even a children’s
home. Once they’ve saved a certain amount, visit the location as a family so
you can show your children what their money is going towards.
Clean Up the Earth
While your children may not be the reason some areas get so
dirty, why not have them be the reason some stay clean? During a morning or
afternoon that isn’t too hot, bring your children to a local park for some fun
and playtime. After awhile though, inform them that it’s cleanup time, and any
trash or litter in sight needs to find a bin. If small enough, walk around the
park cleaning up anything in sight, and let your children know that they’re
performing an incredible deed by providing the rest of the community with a
clean place to play.
Find a New Home for
Getting new toys as a child can be a great experience. But
do your children know that some kids don’t have the same opportunities as
others? Ask your children to part with one or even a few of their favorite
toys. Find a children’s home, a local rec center that works with underprivileged
youth, or even just start a toy drive that donates toys to children in need. Make
sure your children know that by giving away their toys, their providing love
and joy for children who need it most.
If your children are old enough to read and write on their
own, this community service project can bring smiles to many overseas. Have
your children write letters to United States service members. While stationed
overseas, many of these individuals go long periods without any communication
from home. Appreciative letters from children back in the states can keep a
smile on their face and keep them proud about what they’re doing.
Get Out There and
Having your children
complete community service projects can be a great way to spend extra time in
the summer and teach your children about the importance of giving back. So if
you have some time, find a project that pleases everyone to help your children
develop key life skills, and to show them how they can make the world a better
place to be.