Kids Activities

50 Ways Kids Can Volunteer – Toddler to Teen


As you may have read, our family is doing 12 months of giving back.  In an effort to teach my kids gratitude and caring for others, we are picking an activity each month that focuses solely on giving to others.

We are in our 4th month and now that the holidays are over, I have compiled a list of activities to choose from.  This month we will be donating to Mittens For Detroit.  Winters here in the Motor City are tough and my kids want to make sure other kids have a pair of gloves just like them.

In the meantime, I hope this list helps your family give to others.  Some items listed are quick and easy for your child to do and others may take a longer time commitment.

Acts of Kindness- Toddler Volunteer Ideas

When looking for places to volunteer, I ran into some obstacles with the age of my son.  He is only 5 and many places wanted children 8 and over.  Here are some things to do no matter their age.

  • Bake for neighbor
  • Draw pictures for your neighbors
  • Notes for the elderly
  • Chores for neighbors
  • Donate a toy
  • Visit a nursing home
  • Donate extra vegetables you grow to a food pantry
  • Pick up litter in your neighborhood
  • Let someone go ahead of you in line
  • Ask for donations to your favorite charity instead of birthday presents
  • Send a postcard to a friend or family member that lives outside your state
  • Bring flowers to your teacher or daycare provider
  • Weed a neighbor’s garden
  • Hold the door open for someone
  • Wave at a stranger
  • Set the table
  • Sing a song to an elderly person
  • Say something nice about your friend
  • Plant a tree
  • Pay for someone’s toll or food in the drive-thru line
  • Let a friend borrow your toy
  • See a person or group of people trying to take a selfie, offer to take the picture for them

Some organizations you may want to check out

Earn a President’s Volunteer Service Award for your volunteer work. People of all ages can sign up, track their hours, and search for volunteer opportunities through United We Serve.

Additional book resources

The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects: Over 500 Service Ideas for Young People Who Want to Make a Difference

How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids

Can We Help?: Kids Volunteering to Help Their Communities

Kids’ Random Acts of Kindness (Random Acts of Kindness Series)


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