Celebrate World Kindness Week With Us! Here’s Everything You Need For It

The first thing we need to discuss with our kids is what is kindness? In the words of @classroomyogi, “kindness means standing up for what you believe in, fighting for others, self care, and creating change.” How beautiful is that?! We support a myriad of sacred beliefs, our friends, ourselves, and make the world a better place when we are kind. And today, I want to share motivation for you to intentionally create a commitment to kindness, provide some great books about kindness, as well as some organizations with more activities and resources you will love!

What is YOUR commitment to kindness?

To start off the week, we are asking you to share your commitment to kindness on social media! I have created this Kindness pack that includes an 8×10 printable poster, bookmarks, a fun group night or family night game, and commitment cards you can share with any class you teach!

To share your commitment to kindness, simply take a picture with the poster or cards, post it on social media, tag @colormeculturallyconfident, and tell us what your commitment is in the caption!

Need some ideas for what a commitment to kindness might look like??

  • Praise and compliment people. Make a goal to reach out to somewhere and share something meaningful you appreciate a new person every day
  • Give up put-downs. Feel like saying mean? Calling names? Don’t. Instead, start with acknowledging the other person’s point of view and just say, “That’s interesting. I don’t think I feel the same way, could you explain more to me why you feel this way?” (This is so hard, and if you do it, please don’t be embarrassed to message me and share how it changes the conversation! Because that will give me a chance to be kind and praise YOU!)
  • Seek wise people. Have you had a hard time feeling kind towards a certain person, or type of person? Reach out to a wise person that you trust and talk to them about it. Come up with a plan together.
  • Right wrongs. Can you think of someone that you should have apologized to, but never did? It’s never too late to try, as long as you mean it.
  • Help people. Go out and find someone that needs help.

Get Your Kindness Begins With Me Set HERE

Kindness Begins With Me Set

8×10 printable poster, 2-sided bookmarks, a group or family night game, and commitment cards to kickstart a fun conversation about what it means to be kind and bring a smile to people!

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Books to Read About Kindness

Kindness Makes The World Go Round

In this sweet story, Elmo discovers the kind things the friends in his neighborhood do for each other every day! It’s such a great story for ages preschool to 3rd grade!

I’ll Walk With You

This story is adapted from a children’s song and beautifully teaches children the right way to respond to anyone being left out or bullied. When someone doesn’t walk the way most people do, we ought to answer, “I’ll walk with you”. From disabilities, to race, to love, this book hits on it all.

The Rabbit Listened

This is absolutely one of my favorites!! Kindness isn’t solving someone else’s problems, yelling with a friend, getting rid of someone else’s problems, or hiding from problems. Sometimes kindness is felt best when someone just listens.

Wonder

It’s no wonder that those with the highest capacity for compassion are often those who have been the most mistreated. There are not enough words for the kindness movement inspired by this story for all ages.

Kindness – based Organizations

Mighty Kind Kids – learn about this incredible magazine that would make a perfect Christmas gift, and download the free kindness kit available at this link!

Kindness Defined – Have your children brainstorm what kindness looks like and enter the kindness sticker competition here!

KindLab – Ever wondered about the science of kindness?? Kindlab has, and they’ve put it through the tests! Check out Kind Acts to find out what you can do to pick an act of kindness that will truly make change.

You’re Invited to an Interactive Color-Along Story Party!

What you need to know:

When: November 19, 2020

Time: 2:10pm MST

Where: Facebook Live. Make sure to follow this account https://www.facebook.com/groups/3winksboutique

This story was adapted from an African folktale and illustrated by myself. I will be reading it virtually and coloring/talking with the children as I go. It will last about 20 minutes, depending on participation. Children that participate and share pictures or videos of their participation during or immediately after the story will receive a special prize in their adult’s inbox!

If you would like to join 10 minutes early and/or stay after the story, my LIVE event will begin at 2:00 where I will introduce myself and my mission. I have a full hour and will continue to show off my products, ask for your feedback, Q&A, and do a giveaway until 3:00! It’s really going to be a party and I’m so excited!

What you need in order to participate:

Just purchase your copy of The Legend of the Baobab Tree: The Tree of Life, and you can print it out for as many people in your home as would like to participate. (NOTE: You may print it 100 times and hand it out to a whole class, but kindly do not share the download file itself. You may direct others outside your immediate class or home here to download it for participation.)

And of course, make sure you have crayons, colored pencils, or paint!

Purchase Here

The Legend of the Baobab Tree: The Tree of Life

The First Baobab Tree Legend coloring book. One page summary of different accounts of the tree of life. One coloring page illustrating those beliefs combined with hidden symbols.

1.50 $

Can’t wait to see you all there!

6 Ideas to Celebrate Thanksgivings Around the World

Everything you need to complete the ideas that will be shared in this post can be found in our November Multicultural Holidays! Or if you’re ready to make the full jump, you can get the full year’s subscription at the bottom of this page.

November Multicultural Holidays

This month let’s dive into Argentina’s El Dia de la Tradicion, Chuseok, and Thanksgivings around the world! We’ll learn about the gauchos of Argentina and their trusty steeds, acknowledging that the cowboys of the USA’s “Wild West” are not the original or singular cowboy in the world. Then we can jump on over to India for the beautiful festival of lights celebration, Diwali, with beautiful colors, food, and light activities. Finally, gear up for a world tour of Thanksgiving food, games, harvest and family under the full moon!

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Thanksgivings are not an idea limited to the United States. In fact, countries all around the world have their own types of Thanksgivings in the forms of harvest festivals and religious celebrations! Here are just a few.

Homowo

Homowo is celebrated by the Ga people of Ghana, Africa – for a month leading up to this festival people withhold from loud celebrations with singing and drums, and when the bans lift, the party starts! People eat kpoikpoi and fish are prepared, the people compete to see who has the largest harvest of yams and maize, and families and friends gather for a month of fun. This celebration is said to commemorate the Ga people arriving in the valley hungry, so they fasted and planted and were blessed with crops. They remember this history with gratitude and “homowo”, or “hooting at hunger”.

See who can win the biggest harvest of yams in the Homowo themed games. provided, and hoot at hunger with everyone that brings in any size of harvest during play!

Indigenous American Food Day

Indigenous American Food Day – This is a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving in a way respectful to any indigenous peoples whose land you live on. Learn about Indigenous food science, discover what foods are indigenous to your region, and make a meal based on what you learn. You might just be amazed at what you learn about how well our Earth provides for us wherever we live.

Mid-Autumn Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival – China – This harvest celebration is a whole week long holiday packed with moon cakes, rice cakes, dumplings, gazing at the full moon, and time spent with family. Traditionally, the moon was the center of worship at this time.

Wind down and learn about the phases of the moon with these neat and easy crafts provided!

Mooncakes are no piece of cake to make, but playdough mooncakes are perfect for anyone wanting to play and celebrate with Chalk Academy, created by a Chinese-American mom.

Another Chinese blogger shares a ton of great ideas all in one place, including brown paper bag lanterns! So simple and creative!

Chuseok

Chuseok – Korea – Long before there was a North Korea and South Korea, Korean families and communities held high importance on gathering for the autumn harvest. Today it is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar on the full moon. While it’s origins may have been focused as a lunar holiday, this could really be more appropriately labeled under the religious holidays today as the focus of gathering now is to worship and visit ancestors, clean the graves, and be together with family for the 3 day event.

Learn about your ancestors and celebrate Chuseok with music from homemade pellet drums!

Sukkot

Sukkot – Israel – Also known as the Feast of the Tabernacles, or Feast of Booths, or the Harvest Festival began as a thanksgiving for the harvest according to the Torah and Old Testament. Today, Sukkot has become a celebration remembering the Israelites that wandered in the wilderness for 40 years and were watched over by God. Families all set up their own tents and flimsy tabernacles as a place to gather, just like the Israelites would have had mobile shelter while traveling.

There are so many ways to make a sukkah, and many are beautiful, take a peak inside sukkot around the world and then design your very own with the printouts provided!

Erntedankfest

Erntedankfest – Germany – “ernte” means harvest, “dank” means thanks, and “fest” of course means festival. This harvest festival is organized by the churches in the rural regions where it is mostly celebrated, complete with church services, parades, games, and competitions. Some areas even crown a Harvest Queen with a wheat wreath crown!

Who had the biggest yam harvest? Who played their drum loudest? Who made the most creative Turtle Island flag? It’s time to acknowledge everyone’s competitive and creative participatiion with a German harvest queen/king wheat crown! Print out the crowns, color them in and glue them together for a beautiful prize after so much learning and fun!

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