I love this brilliant idea from ripplekindness.org so much because of it’s simplicity, but effective visual quality. The bonus? Who doesn’t love the idea of having a superhero alter-ego, am-I-right?
What are Kindness Capes?
- Teachers can introduce the concept of “Kindness Capes” to encourage students to gain the courage to do kind acts as a class within their schools and communities for the Small Act Big Impact 21-Day Challenge
- The capes (found at Dollar Tree for $1-2) are visual representations of the kindness ambassadors/superheros the kids will become on their kindness walk around the communities and it helps to signal that they will be doing something that day to make the world a better place!
How to introduce the concept of Kindness Capes with your class:
Laurie (the teacher who created the concept) explains:
- We talk about how kindness takes courage. It takes courage to help a stranger. It takes courage to speak up when we know something is wrong. It takes courage to give something away that we really want to keep for ourselves. It takes courage to be kind when no one else is. And because superheroes are the most courageous people of all in a five-year-old’s mind, They LOVE the capes. And although I am sure that I could get them to go on kindness missions without the capes, the capes bring their enthusiasm and excitement to a whole new level! When they see them hanging on their lockers or in our classroom as they come in first thing in the morning, they KNOW they will be changing the world that day? “
- Plan a kindness walk with your class. Model for the students how to give something that you value, yourself. Laurie walks over to the local coffee shop and buys coffee to deliver to people within the community. The students love doing it and it’s a great way to kick off the kindness walks.
- Every month, think of something you can do as a class with the Kindness Capes that add value to your class, school, or community cultures and teach a lesson in kindness. There are lots of ideas to get your started here.
The teacher who came up with the idea for Kindness Capes, Laurie McIntosh, teaches Kindergarten and appeared on the The Ellen Show not long after she debuted her wonderful idea publicly! She Co-Founded The_Kind_Club with a fellow teacher to promote kindness in her community. She wanted to go beyond one-off lessons and practicing kindness within the confines of her classroom…she wanted to put it into action within the community with her Kindergarteners.
She explains, “I wanted to LIVE kindness in our community. I wanted people to think about kindness and associate it with my kiddos and be hopeful that a bunch of 4, 5 and 6-year-olds could change the world. I wanted my learners to know that there are some lessons that aren’t in the curriculum but that will be important to them for the rest of their lives.”
Leave a comment below to share how you used and adapted this lesson for your classroom! I always get inspired by people’s stories and the things they do. You might just inspire someone today!
Feel free to check out the rest of my website for my blog, additional tangible challenge ideas, journal template, videos-links, bios to cool people who influenced the challenge with their ideas, and the science behind the SABI challenge (peer-reviewed journal articles linked).