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Summer is such a wonderful time for your children to learn about and participate in service projects. There’s more time to spend helping others and experiencing the joy that comes from serving and giving of yourself because there’s usually less activities and other commitments during the summer months. Teaching children the importance of serving others is an integral part of raising selfless, caring children that will benefit society.
We’ve collected some great summer service project ideas for kids that you can easily create or participate in and witness the happiness in your children that comes from serving others. Pull out one of these ideas to use when the kids are bored and looking for something to do. Everyone involved will just love it!
Make On The Go bags for the homeless and have ready in your car to hand out when needed.
Create I-Spy bottles and donate them to local children’s hospitals or emergency rooms.
With strawberries at their peak right now, make homemade freezer jam and deliver to families in your neighborhood.
Make a Secret Water Balloon Fight Delivery box to give to a family who could use a little summer fun.
Organize or participate in a project to collect food for children who normally receive free breakfasts and lunches through school.
Write Thank You notes & make delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies and give them to the mailman, fire fighters, policemen, garbage collectors or any one else in the community.
Have the kids make Birthday Cards for kids in foster care.
Talk to your local Humane Society and schedule a visit to bring supplies or help with chores at the facility.
Call or visit a grandparent and have the kids interview them – then share the information electronically with other family members or upload the information to a family history or geneology site.
Put together a Christmas in July Summer goodies Basket and deliver to a family that could use some Summer Cheer.
Have a Random Acts of Kindness day and do as many things as you can in 1 day with the kids.
Make your own Snow Cone or Lemonade Stand (get the How-To on our blog!!) and donate the proceeds to a local charity.
Create this cute Ray of Sunshine project and give to a friend or family member who might need a ray of sunshine every once in a while.