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Share Handmade Kindness Challenge Week 3: Children

Hello! Week 3 of the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge is all about kids. This week is a bit different. In addition to the kids in our lives, we are going to help out two kids who really need smiles.

I strongly believe the best way to teach kindness is to give kindness. Actions speak louder than words… especially with our youth.

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So Week 3 (November 16-22) will focus on sharing any kind of handmade kindness with kids. Or create something with a child and pass that along to someone! Also, you can participate in our special Card Shower…

CARD SHOWER FOR KIDS

I am also hosting a Card Shower for two kids battling cancer. This is an opportunity to send encouraging and happy cards to these brave souls and their families. I hope you can participate! It is easy. You can find all of the details HERE. (It was too much to include in this post.)

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Participating is easy. Simply make something with a child and/or GIVE something to a child. It can be a card, sweet treat, handwritten note, a picture – anything made by the hand, from the heart counts. Simple!

Any child of any age counts! This includes young folks in your family, local schools, churches, shelters, hospitals, etc. I also encourage you to get your kids or any young folks in your life involved in participating this week. I think you will all love it! Also – remember – I will be back soon with info on sending cards to some kids facing challenges. You can do that too.

And since kindness is contagious, I also encourage you to share whatever you create/give on your blogs, social media, etc… and even here on my blog. Let’s inspire each other! Here are three options:

  1.  Post a photo of whatever you create on social media with the hashtag #sharehandmadekindness.
  2.  Link a project you created to this post using the link-up tool below. (At the end of the post – click “Add a Link.”)
  3.  Leave a comment on this post telling what you created. (This is great if you don’t do social media or have a blog. Easy peasy!)

You are welcome to do none of these, one of these, two of these, or all three! But for each you do, you will be eligible for a prize…

PRIZES

To celebrate this week’s challenge, I have THREE great prizes to give away.

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This week’s prizes include:

  1.   A $100 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp
  2.   A $50 Prize Pack from Tim Holtz
  3.   A $25 Gift Certificate to Lawn Fawn

These three folks were very awesome to offer these prizes. Please consider checking out their products. They make our industry great!

I will give one prize to someone who I see participating on social media with the hashtag #sharehandmadekindness. I will give another prize to someone who links their project below. And a third prize will be to someone who leaves a comment on this post letting us know of their participation. All will be randomly picked on 11/23/15. (International folks are eligible, too!)

If for some reason you can’t participate, no worries. I will continue to have other random giveaways throughout the week!

BADGE

Are you playing along in tee challenge? If so, feel free to grab a badge HERE to share on your blog or social media.

LINK UP YOUR PROJECT

As I mentioned, you are welcome to link here to share your project to inspire others. This is optional! It is easy – you can watch THIS video if you need some help.



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122 thoughts on “Share Handmade Kindness Challenge Week 3: Children”

  1. I made two birthday cards for friends’ kids who have birthdays this weekend. I also made my daughter her favorite snack (toasted nuts). She was very excited!

  2. My 6 year old granddaughter found a pendant in my stash that she liked so I put it on a chain for her. She’s quite a little princess! I’m taking crochet hats and scarves to a local shelter for women and children as well. I feel so blessed when I’m blessing others.

  3. Since I’ve been making cards lately, my daughter (3 years) has been very interested in what I’ve created. Every time she wakes up from her nap, she’ll ask me if I have anything to show her. I was playing around with a stamp set that had hot air balloons, and watercolored one for her. She was in heaven & knew exactly where she wanted it in her room. :o) I also made a firetruck birthday card for one of her preschool classmates who celebrated his 4th birthday this past Saturday.

  4. I LOVE to create with my grandchildren. Recently we made turkeys for the up-coming holiday. I’m sure we will be
    crafting for Christmas also.

  5. Love this idea and it was right on time. My grand nephew just met his fundraising goal to support his school’s growing need for educational supplies. Sent him congrats card to let him know how proud I was of him.

  6. Just yesterday the kiddos from next door and wanted to play. I suggested they make Thanksgiving place setting for their families. So we sat down stamped 14 turkeys which they colored and decorated. Then we made the place card and they asked me to put the name on each card. The kiddos were so excited and asked me to keep the secret from their parents . I said yes and have their place cards in a hidden spot waiting for Thankgiving Day!

  7. Hi. Thanks for sharing kindness with kids! After 32 years of working in kindergarten I love kids! They make life wonderful. I made paper boxes filled with candy for both of my classes as a Thanksgiving treat. Love your blog.

  8. We just got a new pug puppy. Our neighbor kids brought down a whole bag of stuffed animals for Toby! I made thank you cards for each of them written from Toby. He even signed them with a paw print! Love their generosity and thoughtfulness.

  9. I just gave my 2 and a half year old grandson his Thanksgiving card. It has a die cut fox on the front & he carried it around saying, ” Fox, grandma grandpa fox, mine. See Daddy? Fox,mine”. It warmed my heart to see how much he loved it.

  10. My nieces are getting more into beauty, now that they’re getting a little older… & their 10th birthday is right around the corner (They’re not twins. Actually, their Moms are Sisters, but they are born days apart, so they are treated like they are: one party for both, matching clothes, etc.)! Whenever I see them, I try to do something special, like give the girls Manis & Pedis to help make them feel pretty. It’s time to break out the light pink polish! ?

  11. Funny that this week would be kids, just put a card in the mail this morning to my nephew. And another one to the son of a dear friend. Looking forward to the info on how to participate with the kids who could use some encouragement.

  12. I just made a Christmas card for my nephew among other people. He’s 17. Does he count as a kid or child? I still think of him as one even though he’s taller then I am. Wait, whose the child here? LOL Thanks for all you are doing here. Love it! I tried to post something on the website about Bullying, the Kindness one but it wouldn’t let me! I posted it 3 times and it never showed up! It was a great site anyway and I read a lot of posts. I can so identify!

  13. I helped my 5 year old make a card for one of the little girls at school who has been sick for a week. She caught a cold, which turned into an ear infection and won’t be back until later this week. So my daughter and I made a get well card and some banana muffins to deliver to her!

  14. I will send a box with 50 cards to cancerkort.dk (Cancercards) Donated cards are sold , and the amount earned will be sent to “Foreningen Cancerramte Børn” (Association for children with cancer)
    They sell the cards, and the what comes in, goes to help children with cancer.

  15. I just sent a birthday card to my 8 year old niece along with some fun stickers. This is such a fun hobby and I love that you have been using it to help spread kindness in this world. I’ve also been very impressed as I have read other comments – so many people are participating and making such a difference in their families, friendships and communities. Love it!

  16. My niece commissioned me to make a lg. number of all occasion tags for her to have on hand. Her BD is next week so I decided to make her a box of handmade Christmas cards and include it all as her gift. I also included some wooden tag/ornaments and gift cards. There was one red-glittery Christmas wallet included. (Remember, these were for her to give out!) She has 3 young children and they began ‘fighting’ over the glittery red wallet! LOL THEY ALL wanted it! Apparently they each want one to use as a “real wallet”! LOL Now I am in the process of making 3 more (in different colours, of course!) but I will add a gusseted pocket with a velcro closure for change!

  17. While die cutting pilgram hat favors for a nursing home, your challenge came. The daughter of a cousin of mine has adopted 13 children since 2010. They are so looking forward to their first thanksgiving in their new house with some extra guests in the mix. I contacted the mother and sent her a short video of putting the hats together. They are easy enough for the children to make. 25 kits are going in the mail today. Thanks for the reminder of sharing kindness with children.

  18. I so enjoyed making the card and gift this week for a young girl battling cancer named Audrey. I made a shaker card with a leaf cutout on the front and also a pair of hand warmers made of pink fleece shaped like owls with felt eyes and beaks. Being a survivor myself I felt that these would be a help in our cold weather we’ve been having here in Tennessee. I hope it puts a smile on her face and warmth in her heart- and hands!

  19. I make my Christmas cards every year and try to make each one a little different. I just recently found your website and love, love, love your cards and techniques. I saw you video about the mini minc machine to make foil accents. I ordered one right away and am anxiously waiting for it to arrive. I can’t wait to add foil to this years cards. I also send cards to the address for our servicemen and women overseas. I look forward to seeing more of your great videos.

  20. I sent cards to my nephew and niece. My daughter helped. The boys card was of a dinosaur and the girls was Winnie the Pooh.

  21. It’s another baking week for me. Amidst the apple, pumpkin and pecan pies I’m making, I whipped up some banana bread for my daughter. It’s her favorite 🙂

  22. I teach a kids card making class so I am lucky to share crafting with kids every week. But for the holidays I am doing something a little extra. I am taking blank christmas ornaments to the kids to decorate.

  23. I plan on participating in your card shower and also made 5 Christmas cards for kids today that I will be dropping off at my local hospital for kids that will be spending the holidays in the hospital. In addition, I gave a donation of 3 children’s books to the homeless shelter last week when I dropped off clothing and bedding. My husband worked in social service for children for 25 years so we know how much need there is.

  24. I spent some time with my youngest grandchild yesterday and we make a card for her Bible study leader to encourage her and let her know we miss her. She has missed several weeks due to surgery and my grand-girl asks every week if she will be back yet. We also made backgrounds for us to make Thank you cards for our leaders next week! Thanks so much for all you do to inspire and challenge.

  25. I like to make cards and send to my friend or their children
    I send in Germany and also friends in USA Austria Australia Holland and all around the world
    thanks for the chance to Win Jennrifer
    wish me luck 🙂

  26. I made a “sending lots of love” card to give to a little 5-yr-old kid whom I’m teaching at a volunteer centre. She comes from an underprivileged background so I wanted to encourage her and let her know that she is not alone however bad her circumstances might be.

  27. I just made cards for my kind and thoughtful bosses letting the know I am thankful for them. This weekend I am visiting my daughter and grandchildren, who all love to to craft with me. I am taking over a bundle of card making supplies to gift to one of their neighbors, so she and her children can join in on the fun. She has been enjoying seeing the cards and craft items my daughter makes, so I know she will enjoy having some supplies to make her own.
    Thank you for the inspiration to share,
    Ann

  28. I Have just added my card creation here for my son friend’s younger brother, who is participating in his class activity and required a Christmas creation. So he will be able to enjoy the fun and his class activity! Thank you for such inspiration for Kids!

  29. I helped a friends 9 year old daughter make some note card sets for her mom and two aunties. Also am making favors for the kiddos are my upcoming family Christmas get-together.

  30. How very special! I’ve been wanting to make finger puppets for my friend’s daughter for quite a while and this finally motivated me to get them done!

  31. A few days ago the little girl who lives next door was telling me about a diorama she had to make for school. It was about Ayers Rock / Uluru and all she could talk about was kangaroos, she needed to have lots of kangaroos. I searched around and found my little kangaroo punch along with some pretty 12×12 papers with kangaroos on it in my stash. I popped next door to give them to her and she was so excited (her older brother was too), she wasn’t sure if she wanted to cut our the big kangroos or use them as the background. She has since updated to say that she punched out lots of little baby kangaroos and only had to add her writing to finish it off, promising to bring it around to show us when it was done.
    We have lots of little kids in our street now (it is a lovely sound, hearing them playing in the street after school and on weekends) and I was thinking that it might be fun to put together some card, tag or bookmark kits for them to do on days that are too hot or too wet to play outside. I have to smile, as typing this reminded me of when my husband had the sprinkler going on the front lawn a little while ago. It was a warm day, not hot by any means, but the kids were soon having fun playing in the spray, running through it and laying on the grass underneath it. When they got too wet they lay down on the concrete driveway “to dry out” only to leap back into the water as soon as they were. It’s funny, playing in the sprinkler was a normal activity when we were growing up but until recently, water restrictions prohibited us using sprinklers or watering our lawns. The restrictions have now been lifted and I think that our sprinkler might have been the 1st time many of the kids had ever seen one in action before.

  32. I have made an enchanted forest for Emily and Evenlyn. I’ve also finsished a couple of Christmas cards for all of the parents. Now I just need to put Xander’s and Jaden’s cards together so I can ship the lot of from Sweden, Gothenburg in time 😀

  33. I attempted to link my photo. It’s the only one posted without an image. Yikes! Well, my daughter and I made a card for one her first grade classmates. We had so much fun stamping, embossing, using watercolor and markers. My daughter is hooked on my MISTI and Zig watercolor pens! Can you blame her?! Jennifer, thanks for the inspiration.

  34. For this weeks handmade kindness I made some bibs for my little 3 month old nephew, I haven’t been feeling well lately but I just loved doing this, I kept imagining how cute he’ll look.

  35. I have big stash of gold paper, other paper, and a variety of other items that I have given to the children’s education director at my church. Can’t believe that I haven’t done this before!

  36. Hi Jennifer ~ I do weekly crafts with a 2 & 4 year old, sometimes a few times a week. This week I explained about sharing what we make, so we made Thanksgiving cards for family members they will be seeing as well as a centerpiece for their Thanksgiving table. Today we started making cards & drawing small pictures for the Card Shower For Kids campaign. They’ll be back again tomorrow to finish those projects up. They were very excited to think their pictures would bring a smile to the faces of other children who are not feeling well. Alexandra & Brody loved this idea and dove right into this project, pulling out stamps, markers and the basket of pre-cut goodies I keep for them to use. This is such a valuable life lesson. For all of us. Thank you, Jennifer, for your continued inspiration.
    #sharehandmadekindness
    (NOTE: I even stamped the bills I paid for my mother with the “Throw Kindness Around Life Confetti” stamp today. I wonder what they’ll think when the bills arrive at their destination!!)

  37. I helped my 12-year-old granddaughter make gift tags. However she loves crafting and has learned so much, I hardly need to help her anymore. I mostly point out supplies that would work and turn her loose. I love to show her new techniques..

  38. Dear Jennifer, we love what you are doing with the share handmade kindness month! My girls, 8 yo & 11 yo, each made their own Thank You cards for their school teachers yesterday. Thank you for encouraging us all so beautifully to love one another in this very valid way! ?

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