In past blog posts, I have talked about the need to teach our kids to let go of toys and games that they have lost interest in or outgrown. I believe that the art of benevolence must be modeled and practiced in order to be truly learned. This not only benefits the recipients of donated toys and items, but also profits our own children as we teach them the skill of letting go and decluttering.
This knowledge is especially useful during the holidays when children receive so many new gifts. You can read more about how to help kids let go of their old toys on this past blog.
So it was with glee that I came across this super fun gem of an activity: A Reverse Advent Calendar!
Here’s how it works:
During the month of December, collect one item per day to give away. This could be toys, clothing, or canned food. On the 1st of December, grab a cardboard box and explain the project. Inform your kids that these things are to give away to someone who needs them. Invite your kids to decorate the box, and make cards or letters for the recipients of the box. This will help them to get excited about the activity, and to visualize the box going to real people who will benefit from what they give away.
Each day, add a new item to the box. Help your kids to organize and review their toys and games, and choose things to give away that they no longer play with. Remind them that they will be receiving new toys soon, and that these toys are going to go to different boys and girls who perhaps don’t have any toys.
TIP: If you have young kids, keeping the box out of sight will help them to forget about what’s inside. What we are asking them to do is not easy!
On the 24th, take the box to a local charity. Explain to your kids where the box went, and how much the recipients will cherish their new gifts.
What a great way to celebrate the spirit of the season with your children, and help them to participate in the act of giving. This will make their own gifts that much sweeter, and help to teach them the art of organizing and letting go.