Does anyone have fun suggestions for
ways I can involve my preschool students in a service project for the
upcoming holiday season? I would really like to try to help them
feel the joy that comes from doing something for someone else and I'm
having a hard time coming up with ideas on their level.
Visiting the elderly and singing some
preschool songs is always a great success. You may have some songs
that pertain to your holiday season that the children could sing.
For the last two years, my preschoolers
have done the typical canned food drive. However, last year, we
decided that we would do a toy drive as well. Most of our
children come from "comfortable" families, and therefore
have a lot of toys. They would go through their toys, with the
help of a parent, and donate them to the local homeless shelter, and
Social Services. The children loved helping to make other
children's Christmas' special. We also made a fieldtrip to a
local retirement center, and sang holiday songs to the elderly.
Our preschool class is making cards and
place mats for "meals on wheels" to take to the elderly
people they serve. This project can continue into other holidays
such as Valentines day. "Anytime" cards are also very
Is their a home for the elderly nearby.
Preschool aged children and senior citizens are perfect together! I've
done this with 2's, 3's and 4's. Have them sing holiday songs
together and let the children pass out small "gifts" that
they've made with you in school.
I take my kids (ages 4 and 2) to the home
where my grandmother is. The residents love to see them.
The kids just have to walk by and you can make someone smile.
It feels really good.
There are so many ways preschoolers can
help out in the community. They can help gather canned goods for a
local homeless shelter, they could bring cookies to a nursing home, or
they could help purchase a toy for a toy drive. All of these
help nurture a sense of caring for others and this will help them grow
into compassionate adults
Take small candy canes, or small tokens
of affection, to a nursing home. Sing some songs that the
children like to sing--it won't matter what to the grandmas &
grandpas, as long as the children enjoy themselves. The candy,
or token, gives the small children a task/icebreaker to really meet
the residents. The resident's smiles will show the children the
incredible blessing they have brought. The little children may
not realize that the real blessing is their presence.
It's a great idea to involve your
preschoolers in a service project during the holidays! Here are
some service projects that we've done:
1. Adopt a nursing home/assisted living place...make ornaments and/or
cards for the elderly, deliver them and sing Christmas carols or
holiday songs to them...we did this and both the children and those
living in the nursing home enjoyed it completely!
2. Have each parent give their child a set amount of money
(ex.$5) take a field trip to the local dollar store and allow
the children to pick out a present for a family member or whatever you
choose (ex. you could buy gifts for social services to give to
children who aren't likely to receive gifts for the holidays).
The children then take their gifts back to their classroom and can
wrap them or deliver them, etc.
3. Create goodie bags for those serving our country this holiday
season (ask parents to bring in paper, pens, band aids, soap,
toothbrush, a shoe box, etc.) the children can make cookies to
put in the box as well. Pack the boxes together. We've
often adopted soldiers that families in our center knew.
Have fun serving this holiday season!
Serving is Fun!
This is something I have done with my
preschoolers to show them the meaning of " it is better to give
than receive" I get a basket for the children to fill up articles
of clothing for children who are not as lucky as we" I call it my
"Bundle Basket" they fill it up with socks, gloves, hats, scarf's,
etc and then we give it to a local shelter.
When my children where in pre-school last
year they made gifts for senior citizens in a local nursing home, and
then hand delivered the gifts to them as a class trip. While
they were there they sang a few songs for the residents. This made the
senior citizens day as well as made the children feel they did