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Create a mailbox for kind thoughts. Express appreciation for acts of kindness with notes. There’s even space for "grumpies!"
Everyone appreciates knowing that kind deeds are recognized. Organize students on the class reading rug. Ask the children to define the term kindness and share stories of acts of kindness they have performed or observed. When the discussion is complete, inform students that they will be building a castle mailbox for the class to share kind thoughts with each other. Here are some suggestions.
Students glue several empty boxes together into a castle with Crayola® School Glue. Remind students to create at least two "doors" in which to place notes.
Using Crayola Washable Markers, students draw building stones on the boxes (cover the boxes with paper first, if necessary).
Decorate the castle with Crayola Neon Model Magic details such as turrets, flowers, or birds. Include a dungeon in which to put any "grumpies." Air-dry the decorations overnight. Glue them to the boxes. Air-dry the glue.
Students start sharing kind thoughts and notes of appreciation with others in your classroom! And if something is being a bother, students write a note to place in the "grumpies" section.
Provide a time in the school day for students to view the "kindness" and "grumpies" notes found in the castle. Allow a class discussion to follow as needed.
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