Prior to School

Developmentally appropriate activities for children that support social and emotional learning aligned with the CASEL framework

COLLABORATION

Being assigned classroom jobs gives young children responsibility and a sense of belonging in their class community. Collaborating to create and assign jobs helps to build a sense of agency in young children.

Classroom Jobs

COMPASSION

The simple acts of giving and receiving hugs are demonstrations of kindness, compassion, and empathy. Share a Hug is an activity in which students can show care for others and acknowledge their feelings, allowing them to wrap their arms around someone or something.

Share a Hug

EMPATHY

Empathy is the awareness and understanding of another person's thoughts, feelings, and circumstances. The ability to co-experience the feelings and thoughts of other people, is probably one of the most important skills a person may have. Understanding others' feelings and needs helps young people make and keep friends, encourages tolerance and acceptance of others promoting good mental health.

Name That Feeling

GRATITUDE

Thankfulness is a socio-emotional habit that young children explore from an early age. Creating a gratitude tree helps young children express appreciation for the people and events that influence their lives. By understanding thankfulness young children can build sensitivities towards the feelings of others, develop empathy and other life-skills.

Grow a Gratitude Tree

HONESTY

This activity uses true and false cards to help young children decipher the difference between fact and fiction. Humour and exaggerated stories help model the differences between the two concepts.

True and False Flash Cards

HUMILITY

Young children may not have the vocabulary to express understandings of humility but using puppets will give them the opportunity to explore actions, scenarios and feelings.

Puppet Play

HUMOR

Young children love simple visual and verbal humour such as silly antics, songs, games, funny rhymes and stories. ‘Funny’ Show and Tell encourages children to share an item or story, song or rhyme that their friends will find funny.

Funny Show and Tell

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION

The Kindness Curriculum encourages the inclusion of ‘mindfulness meditations’ in daily activities. Children and students can engage in the practices independently or collectively to experience the current moment, ‘be present’ and integrate that awareness into everyday life. The activities are suitable for all ages!

Mindfulness Meditation

PERSPECTIVE

Perspective has a Latin root meaning ``look through`` or ``perceive,`` and all the meanings of perspective feature the act of ‘looking’. Perspective taking is the ability to look beyond your own point of view, so that you can consider how someone else may think or feel about something.

Perspective

POSITIVITY

Acknowledging positive experiences and achievements has a major impact on positive thinking. A ‘You Did It’ jar provides opportunities for children, parents/caregivers and teachers to recognise the accomplishments of young children.

“You Did It” Jar

SELF-ACCEPTANCE

Young children build understandings of feelings and emotions from birth. The ’Feelings cards’ provide children opportunities to explore, identify, label and talk about a range of emotions using visual cues to build vocabulary and label everyday emotions contributing to well-being.

Investigating Feelings

TRUST

Good relationships early in life help children to connect with others, build positive friendships and support children to self-regulate their emotions. Trust is a key component of relationships. Building trust with young children requires collaborative action between teachers and caregivers.

Building Trust in Preschool–Kindergarten

Activities for children prior to school connecting to the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)

COLLABORATION

Learning to work as part of a team is important for young children supporting the development of many social skills, such as patience, empathy, communication, respect for others, compromise and perspective.

VIEW

COMPASSION

Compassion is the capacity to understand the emotional state of another and have genuine feelings for other people's circumstances and feel motivated to support and assist. It requires a certain level of awareness, concern, caregiving and empathy. The benefits of showing compassion are numerous.

VIEW

EMPATHY

Empathy is the awareness and understanding of another person's thoughts, feelings, and circumstances. The ability to co-experience the feelings and thoughts of other people, is probably one of the most important skills a person may have. Understanding others' feelings and needs helps young people make and keep friends, encourages tolerance and acceptance of others promoting good mental health.

VIEW

GRATITUDE

Thankfulness is a socio-emotional habit that young children explore from an early age. Creating a gratitude tree helps young children express appreciation for the people and events that influence their lives. By understanding thankfulness young children can build sensitivities towards the feelings of others, develop empathy and other life-skills.

VIEW

HONESTY

This activity uses true and false cards to help young children decipher the difference between fact and fiction. Humour and exaggerated stories help model the differences between the two concepts.

VIEW

HUMILITY

Young children may not have the vocabulary to express understandings of humility but using puppets will give them the opportunity to explore actions, scenarios and feelings.

VIEW

HUMOUR

Young children love simple visual and verbal humour such as silly antics, songs, games, funny rhymes and stories. ‘Funny’ Show and Tell encourages children to share an item or story, song or rhyme that their friends will find funny.

VIEW

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION

The Kindness Curriculum encourages the inclusion of ‘mindfulness meditations’ in daily activities. Children and students can engage in the practices independently or collectively to experience the current moment, ‘be present’ and integrate that awareness into everyday life. The activities are suitable for all ages!

VIEW

PERSPECTIVE

Perspective has a Latin root meaning ``look through`` or ``perceive,`` and all the meanings of perspective feature the act of ‘looking’. Perspective taking is the ability to look beyond your own point of view, so that you can consider how someone else may think or feel about something.

VIEW

POSITIVITY

Acknowledging positive experiences and achievements has a major impact on positive thinking. A ‘You Did It’ jar provides opportunities for children, parents/caregivers and teachers to recognise the accomplishments of young children.

VIEW

SELF-ACCEPTANCE

Young children build understandings of feelings and emotions from birth. The ’Feelings cards’ provide children opportunities to explore, identify, label and talk about a range of emotions using visual cues to build vocabulary and label everyday emotions contributing to well-being.

VIEW

TRUST

Good relationships early in life help children to connect with others, build positive friendships and support children to self-regulate their emotions. Trust is a key component of relationships. Building trust with young children requires collaborative action between teachers and caregivers.

VIEW
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Activities for children prior to school connecting to the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)

COLLABORATION

Learning to work as part of a team is important for young children supporting the development of many social skills, such as patience, empathy, communication, respect for others, compromise and perspective.

VIEW

COMPASSION

Compassion is the capacity to understand the emotional state of another and have genuine feelings for other people's circumstances and feel motivated to support and assist. It requires a certain level of awareness, concern, caregiving and empathy. The benefits of showing compassion are numerous.

VIEW

EMPATHY

Empathy is the awareness and understanding of another person's thoughts, feelings, and circumstances. The ability to co-experience the feelings and thoughts of other people, is probably one of the most important skills a person may have. Understanding others' feelings and needs helps young people make and keep friends, encourages tolerance and acceptance of others promoting good mental health.

VIEW

GRATITUDE

Thankfulness is a socio-emotional habit that young children explore from an early age. Creating a gratitude tree helps young children express appreciation for the people and events that influence their lives. By understanding thankfulness young children can build sensitivities towards the feelings of others, develop empathy and other life-skills.

VIEW

HONESTY

This activity uses true and false cards to help young children decipher the difference between fact and fiction. Humour and exaggerated stories help model the differences between the two concepts.

VIEW

HUMILITY

Young children may not have the vocabulary to express understandings of humility but using puppets will give them the opportunity to explore actions, scenarios and feelings.

VIEW

HUMOUR

Young children love simple visual and verbal humour such as silly antics, songs, games, funny rhymes and stories. ‘Funny’ Show and Tell encourages children to share an item or story, song or rhyme that their friends will find funny.

VIEW

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION

The Kindness Curriculum encourages the inclusion of ‘mindfulness meditations’ in daily activities. Children and students can engage in the practices independently or collectively to experience the current moment, ‘be present’ and integrate that awareness into everyday life. The activities are suitable for all ages!

VIEW

PERSPECTIVE

Perspective has a Latin root meaning ``look through`` or ``perceive,`` and all the meanings of perspective feature the act of ‘looking’. Perspective taking is the ability to look beyond your own point of view, so that you can consider how someone else may think or feel about something.

VIEW

POSITIVITY

Acknowledging positive experiences and achievements has a major impact on positive thinking. A ‘You Did It’ jar provides opportunities for children, parents/caregivers and teachers to recognise the accomplishments of young children.

VIEW

SELF-ACCEPTANCE

Young children build understandings of feelings and emotions from birth. The ’Feelings cards’ provide children opportunities to explore, identify, label and talk about a range of emotions using visual cues to build vocabulary and label everyday emotions contributing to well-being.

VIEW

TRUST

Good relationships early in life help children to connect with others, build positive friendships and support children to self-regulate their emotions. Trust is a key component of relationships. Building trust with young children requires collaborative action between teachers and caregivers.

VIEW
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Kindness Curriculum Poster

The benefits associated with giving and receiving kindness are tangible and result in overwhelmingly positive outcomes for the world around us. Science confirms the advantages to the body and mind.

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Additional Resources

We aim to continue to provide updates that may interest teachers who want to embed Kindness Curriculum attributes in their schools and classrooms. Parents may also find many of these activities suitable for use in their home.