Thursday, December 17, 2009

12 Days of Service Idea for Kids


We bought small Christmas trees for each of our kids to put in their bedrooms. Each year we make different types of ornaments that they can decorate their trees with. This year I decided to have them decorate paper ornaments to go along with the 12 Days of Service idea that I came up with. Last Monday for family home evening we had a lesson on the true meaning of Christmas. We read Mosiah 2:17 from the Book of Mormon: “When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.” We discussed how doing kind acts of service for others is the best gift we can give to the Savior. After the kids finished decorating their ornaments we let them hang them on their trees. Each morning when they wake up the first thing they do is pick an ornament off of their tree. It has been fun to watch them get excited to serve. I think this will be a new tradition in our family.

To make the ornaments I used a 3" craft punch to cut out different colored card stock. I punched holes in the tops and strung ribbon through them. You could also use a cricut machine or trace cookie cutters for different shapes. I printed out a list of 12 service ideas, cut them out and used double sided tape to attach them to the back of the ornaments. I let them use foam Christmas stickers, glitter glue and markers to decorate them with.

Here is a list of the 12 service ideas that I came up with:

1- Make a Christmas card for your primary teacher.
2- Make a Christmas card for your school teacher.
3- Do something nice for your sister/brother
4- Find a chore to do without being asked.
5- Call a relative to tell them that you love them.
6- Write a letter or draw a picture for a cousin and mail it to them.
7- Make Christmas cards for your Grandparents.
8- Make a Christmas card for the Bishop.
9- Deliver a gift to a friend.
10- Deliver a gift to a neighbor.
11- Do something nice for your mom.
12- Do something nice for your dad.

13 comments:

Kristin said...

I really like this idea and I think Isaac would enjoy too! Do you mind if I add this to the list of ideas that I'm putting together for the ward?

sue said...

What an awesome idea. I might just have to do this next year.

Brenda said...

I LOVE your idea! I would love to do it with my own children.
Thank you!
Happy Holidays to you!
Love, Brenda

Sherri Jorgensen said...

I love this idea!

Becky said...

I love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

steffany said...

This is a great idea, do you mind if I link to it?

Jadi said...

Kristin and Steffany,

I wouldn't mind at all. I am glad you like the idea. :)

Jody said...

Love the idea! Thanks for including it on your blog. And I'm so glad that Kristin will include it in the ideas for the ward. Our family will definitely be doing this next year.

Randi said...

That's great! We do 24 Days of Service every December. The kids open the advent calendar every day and find a service task for that day. It's been a really meaningful addition to the Christmas season.

sophie@birthdayideas said...

hand delivering cards and gifts. Now that really reminds me of the 'good old dayss'. Noweverything seems so automated. Gifts cards are psoted or emailed. I rememebr when I ws a kid taking a whole day to help with delivering cards. Invairably we got invited in for tea and mince pie. it was such a social occassion. Like carol singing!

Kevin and Kristina said...

Loved the tree idea and shared it on my blog today. Thank you!

Joanne said...

Love it! You might also consider adding taking food to a shelter, or Christmas card to someone in the military serving away from home.

Kristalyn (Learning is Messy) said...

love this idea. shared it on my Advent Countdown Collection on my blog, Learning is Messy at http://getdownandgetyourhandsdirty.wordpress.com
I gave you credit and linked back to you.