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10 generous things to do with your kids this summer

By Ruth Leigh | 14 July 2015 | Comments (1)

Summertime 2015! Here are ten generous ways to spend summer with your children.


The alarm clock is switched off, the school uniform’s in the wash and everyone’s chilling. The holidays are a wonderful opportunity to explore generosity and model God’s love to others so here are 10 suggestions for generous things to do this summer holiday with the kids.

1. Create a Blessings Jar

A great way to start your children thinking about giving. Chat about your own charity footprint with the children. Design your own blessings jar and fill with small change. When it’s full, make a big thing of counting the money and then give the children free rein to choose where they give it.


2. Have a clear out

This is more about intentional generosity and less about hygiene (although clearing out a few smelly socks and a million pieces of Lego couldn’t hurt). Ask them to think carefully about each toy and book they touch. Are they still used regularly? If not, encourage them to bless someone else by donating to the local charity shop, toddler group, refuge or school.


3. Offer to walk someone’s dog

Good exercise for the kids; the dog and gives the owner a break.


4. Summer time is glut time!

Due to an over-enthusiastic courgette planter in the family, we get loads of these green stripy veg in July and August. Make some delicious courgette cake, have fun spiralising courgettes or box some up along with some hand-written recipes and give them away to people who might like them.


5. Write a generosity plan

All the family (grown-ups too!) have to do three generous things. It can be at home (tidy not only your own room but your parents’ too), out and about (give out some chocolate to strangers) or in your neighbourhood (give an hour of your time to a housebound elderly neighbour and throw in a jar of jam and some courgettes while you’re at it.)


6. Support your local foodbank

Find a shop which has a collection point for your local foodbank. You might want to introduce your children to the concept of foodbanks and why they help people. Plan your shopping trip and give the children freedom to choose several items from the foodbank list which they can donate.


7. Sponsor a child

If your family sponsors a child, set aside some time for each person to add something to a letter. Very young children can draw a picture, older ones can write a paragraph or two. This is an ideal time for chats about generosity. There are loads of charities that do this; one of our favourites is


8. Be a generosity guerrilla

Our local primary school recently responded to an appeal for help posted on social media. A young family had lost their home and all their possessions in a house fire. Within 24 hours, they’d been given new bedding, clothes, furniture, toys, books and games. The children’s response was to pack up books, games, puzzles and cuddly toys. It was a real outpouring of generosity. There may be people in real need just up the road. Keep your eyes open!


9. Share your blessings.

Got a big back garden with a trampoline? Invite some friends round and bounce! Paddling pool? Have a pool party. Movie buff with a popcorn maker? You can see where this is going . . . Each child gets to invite a friend, everyone helps with an informal lunch and snacks and off you go! Make some memories.


10. Pick your own

If you grow fruit or there are fruit trees nearby, why not organise a fruit-picking and jam-making day? We pick pounds of wild plums every July then make pots of jam. Younger children can design and write their own sticky labels, while older ones help to make the jam. Once potted up, give away to friends, neighbours, family or complete strangers. They make lovely gifts too.


As those glorious six weeks stretch out in front of you, banish boredom by feeding a blessings jar, clearing up, throwing a pool party, walking the dog, vegging out, making jam, being a generosity guerilla, donating to a foodbank, writing a letter or meeting an urgent need. Enjoy your generous summer!

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Posted by Ruth Leigh

Ruth is a freelance writer and speaker, based in beautiful Suffolk. She is married with three children and a variety of other livestock. She has two novels in the editing stage, writes for a number of Christian charities and writes blogs for small Suffolk businesses. She is a recovering over-achiever who is now able to do the school run in her onesie most days. She contributes to the Association of Christian Writers’ blog, More Than Writers, and also blogs at Big Words and Made Up Stories, covering topics as diverse as King Zog of Albania, a Christingle plagued by punch-ups and tummy upsets, and the inevitable decline of elderly parents. She has abnormally narrow sinuses and a morbid fear of raw tomatoes, but has decided not to let this get in the way of a meaningful life.


Julia Pratten

July 16, 2015 12:33 AM
Just thought of a few more, as a family we are volunteering on an Scripture union beach mission great fun and a wonderful way to bless the community of locals and holiday makers. if you can't volunteer yourself you could give a gift to some young people or families who are going, as we pay towards the costs of accommodation sleeping on floors in a school or camping and our food for the 2 weeks.

This year my eldest daughter is 16 and doing a week volunteering at Soul Survivor, free food and accommodation provided and you get to go to some seminars also. A blessing both ways, she is going with her youth group.

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