Alternative Advent - Neighborhood Chalk Messages
As the end of November approaches, my mind always turns to Advent and Christmas. As much as I love Thanksgiving with its yummy food, gathering of family, and spirit of gratitude, it is hard not to start thinking about the Christmas season. With our twins we are still wrapped up in our Train Project and preparing our house for Thanksgiving, but in my spare time I'm rounding up activities for Christmas and brainstorming gifts. I was thrilled to be invited by Jen, the Mum in the Madhouse to brainstorm ideas for an Alternative Advent. Ideas that promote kindness and spreading of cheer. We love walks and are still getting to know our new neighborhood, so I thought leaving Neighborhood Chalk Message would be a fun act of kindness for our twins.
I found our chalk and then invited the kids to go for a walk with me. Before we left, I talked about how we were going to write chalk messages for our neighbors. They thought this sounded like a great idea.
We walked down our block and around the nearby cul de sac. Every so often, usually in front of a mailbox, we would stop to write messages. I demonstrated the first time when we got in front of our next door neighbor's house. I stopped and said we could write a message for the people in this house. Our three year olds are just starting to form recognizable letters so I invited them to write or draw a message. I modeled by writing or drawing something on the sidewalk. Usually something simple like "Have a great day!" or drawing a smiley face. Our kids drew trains, sunshines, and baby dolls (because, you know, who doesn't get cheered up by those things) and wrote the letters they know. I'm not sure that any of our neighbors noticed or understood our messages, but hearing our twins cheerfully shout "Let's write a message for these neighbors!" was enough for me.
Walk home, put the chalk away, and wash those hands.
*Another neighborhood kindness walk? Make cards for neighbors and deliver them to mailboxes.
*Check out more ideas for Advent in the Alternative Advent: Kids Acts of Kindness link up.
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