DIY Kindness Board

DIY Kindness Board

Need a bulletin board idea for the holidays? This festive and colorful DIY Kindness Board will light up your classroom and help children learn about kindness as they write and draw about kind acts they've done. The DIY Kindness Board is the perfect bulletin board for the holidays as it reminds children that the holidays are not just about getting presents. They're about being kind to one another and giving what you can to help others–even if it's just a smile, hug, or other small act of kindness.

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Kindness Board with lightbulb


  • Bulletin Board
  • Black 48" x 50' Fadeless Art Paper Rolls
  • Oil Pastels
  • Assortment of 8 ½" x 11" Colored Printer Paper
  • Lights Template (Free Printable!)
  • Hair Spray (Adult Use Only)
  • Garland
  • Stapler

  • 1Cover Bulleting Board with Black Paper

    During a free period or after school, cover your bulletin board with black paper.

    2Write with Pastels

    Take pastels and write "Light Up the World with Acts of Kindness" in the middle of the black paper. Spray the chalk words with hair spray and let dry.

    3Place the Garland

    Staple the garland around the edges of the bulletin board to create a border and string for the lights.

    4Print the Cut–Out

    Print out our free lights template on a variety of colored 8 ½" x 11" printer paper. Cut the lights out and give one to each child.

    5Explain the Activity

    Explain that you want each child to draw and/or write about something kind they've done for someone or something kind they want to do for someone. It could be anything from helping someone pick up their crayons to helping their mom or dad fold clothes. Once they've decided what they want to put on the light, have them write a sentence explaining what they did and/or draw a picture to represent it. You can write the sentence for them if they can't write yet.

    6Place the Lights

    Place the children's lights around the edges of the bulletin board. Remember to make it look like the lights are strung with the garland. Take a picture and send to parents to show off your class' Kindness Board!

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