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The British Red Cross Society, incorporated by Royal Charter 1908, is a charity registered in England and Wales (220949), Scotland (SC037738) and Isle of Man packWelcome to your kindness pack from the British Red Cross.

In this pack, you will reflect onthe power of kindness through funactivities you can do at home.It also encourages you to do smallacts of kindness each day to helpyour community, your family andyourself. Kindness can help us tocope with challenges and change.Being kind to others can helpthem cope better too.This kindness pack belongs to.British Red Cross Kindness activity pack3

The power of kindness calendarBeing KindSmall acts of kindness can go a long way. Kindness can helpsupport people. Reflect on the power of kindness in theseactivities and be inspired to do something kind every day.Use your calendar to record your daily kindness acts.Why is kindness important?Think about the word ‘Kindness’ - what does it mean to you?How does it make you feel? Draw or write ideas around the circleto make a mind-map. Connect them to the circle with a line.‘Kindness’Extensionactivity: Whatsimple kind actscan you do everyday for yourselfand those aroundyou? Record themon your kindnesscalendar.Messages of kindnessUse the blank postcard below to create a message of kindnessfor someone you know. Maybe it can be a thank you for somethingkind they did for you, or for something they often do that helps youor others.CongratulationsBeing kind sends a powerful message about ourconnections to each other and the world around us.4British Red Cross Kindness activity pack5

Kindness will keep us together posterColouring is also a good way of being kind to yourself,as it helps you relax. Give this poster to someone youcare about and it can also be a kind gift.Being kind to yourselfIt is important to be kind to yourself too, this means looking after yourwellbeing. Use these activities to think about your own wellbeing andexplore ways to cope and feel better when dealing with challenges.What is wellbeing?Extension activity: You can addyour own drawings around the edgeof ‘kind things’ like the artist has.What is kindness to you?People use this word to mean ‘being happy, healthy and comfortable.’Think about the things in your life that make you happy, healthy andcomfortable. Write them in the circles below. Some things will make youfeel happy and comfortable, or healthy and happy, you can write thesethings in the spaces where the circles overlap. to make a mind-map.Connect them to the circle with a line.HappyHealthyExtensionactivity: Do youdo these thingsenough? Couldyou do themmore often?ComfortableBreathing with colourLearning when to take time to breathe can you feel happier and morecomfortable. Practice this easy technique.1. Think about acolour that makesyou feel happy –this is the colourof good feelings.62. Think about acolour that doesn’tmake you happy –this is the colourof your not sogood feelings.British Red Cross Kindness activity pack3. Now close youreyes and take adeep breath in,imagine the breathis the good colour.4. Now breatheout and imagine itis the not so goodcolour and blow itaway, out of yourbody. Do this afew times until youfeel relaxed.7

Helping you copeUnderstanding feelingsThese activities can help you cope with change and support wellbeingby learning how to plan your daily life better in changing situations andhow you can break big challenges into small goals.We feel lots of different things for different reasons. Keeping track andunderstanding our feelings, and how they affect how we act, can helpus deal with them and identify feelings in others.Where does my time go?Emotion trackerThink about how you use your time.Write a list of things you do each day.Keeping track of your emotions can help you to think about what affects them.Over one week keep an emotion tracker graph. Once or twice a day, draw an X ora face on the graph to show how you feel – are you down in the dumps or on topof the world, or just in the middle?For example:– sleeping– eating– exercising– talking to friends and familyYou can tear this out and put it on your fridge to show everyone how you aredoing, or you can make a bigger version for your whole family and everyone canplot how they feel in their own colour.Colour in the segments of the circle indifferent colours to show how you spendyour time on an average day. Each segmentis 1 hour, and there are 24 in one whole day.Things like sleeping should take up at least6-10 segments.BestI can feelDo you do something too much or notenough?Do you have enough happy, healthy andcomfortable things in your day? Whatchanges do you think you should makein your day?Set yourself mini-goalsWhat do you want to complete or do this week? Setting goals can giveyou a clear purpose. It should be something you can do, don’t set yourselfsomething too difficult.Examples: Clean my bedroom, get to the next level of my game,be kind to someone in my house.Write down three goals. Colour in the medal each time you complete a goal.Goal 1Extensionactivity: Breakingchallenges intosmall goals canhelp you cope.WorstI can t big challengedo you have thatyou can break intosmaller goals?Extension activity: At the end of the week look back onyour tracker. Think about:Goal 2When did you feel best and worst? Why did you feel this way?How did it affect your behaviour – did you act differently?How does your mood affect others in your house?Goal 38TuesdayBritish Red Cross Kindness activity pack9

Coping with challengesStress patternsWe often have to cope with change and challenges in our lives.Learning how to cope can make us more ‘resilient’ and betterable to manage.Create a ‘pattern’ of your stress and think about how stresschanges your feelings and actions and how we can cope with stress.Use different colours for each step.Coping wellWrite that around the outside too.Think about a person who copes well with change and challenges.Draw a picture in the space below of a person you know – someonewho is good at coping with change and challenges.1. Around the outsideof the person, writeall the things thatmight cause you tofeel stressed.Around the outside write all the ways that person copes well.Why did you pick this person? Can you learn from them?2. On the inside, colourin the parts of thebody where you feelthe stress.I cope well by 3. Around the outsidewrite how the stresschanges youremotions.Think about the ways you cope with change and challenges in your life.Think about your beliefs, thoughts and actions.4. Around the outsideagain write howstress makesyou act.Examples: I take a deep breath, I think about the problem,I do something fun to distract myself, I ask for help5. What makes youfeel better whenyou are stressed?Write in the bubble below. You can write a sentence, make up apoem or draw a picture.I cope well by Extensionactivity: Lookat your stress,‘pattern’. What haveyou learnt from this activity? Whatcan you do tohelp you feel lessstressed?10British Red Cross Kindness activity pack11

Staying connectedUnderstanding othersIt is important to remember that we are not alone. There are lots ofpeople in our lives who can and do support us. Use these activities toreflect on the people in your life and how they support you.It is important to remember that everyone experiences life differently,and it is important to understand how others feel. Understandinghow others feel can help us be kinder to them, and to create a kinderworld. Use the activities below to think about and learn howto understand others.Web of connectionsCan you imagine Think about all the people you have in your life that you can turn to forsupport. Draw a picture of yourself in the box labelled ‘me’. Around theoutside, write the names or draw all the people you know and can talkto. Start with the people closest to you.Draw a line between you and each person. Think about the ways youcan talk to them and what you can both do to support each other.Look at the stories below, can you imagine being the people below?How might they feel?StoryExtensionactivity: Has thisever happened toyou? Think abouthow it felt. Doesthis help you to understand how others might feel?How might they feel?1. Your friend doesn’t understand thehomework, they think it is too difficultfor them.2. A family member wants to share astory with the family about somethingimportant to them. Nobody is listeningto them.3. Someone is calling your friendnames because they are different.Other people are laughing.Me4. Someone has fallen over and hurttheir leg quite badly.(to learn the first aid skill for this injury,go to the first aid pages)How can I help?Think about the people above. Imagine you were there, what could youdo to help them? Which things below could you do to help? Write thenumber of the story next to the kind solution. Some can be used in allthe situation. Which ones are always helpful?Pick 3 people from the web and write down one kind act you cando for them.Extensionactivity: The poetMaya Angelou oncesaid, “If we try andunderstand eachother, we may evenbecome friends.”What do you thinkthis means? Howcan understandingsomeone help youto be friends?12British Red Cross Kindness activity packBeing kind to my friendsThink about the people on your web of connections. What type ofperson are they? What do they like to do? How can you help them?Listen tothe personwho is upsetKeeptheir legstillAsk howthey feelSaysomethingkindTell anadult13

Learning new skillsLearn first aidLearning new skills can help make us cope with change and challenges.A skill is any activity that you can do, for example, cooking, skateboardingor working well in a team. Reflect on your skills, hold a skill learningexchange and make a pledge to learn another skill with the activities below.First aid is an important, useful and kind skill to know. You can helpyourself and others using first aid. Use the activities below to learnsome simple and easy first aid.How can you help someone who is bleedingWhy are skills useful?Match the skill to the challenges below. What skills can the characters orsomeone else use to help in these situations? You will be able to use morethan one skill for each situation. Draw a line to the skills each person can use.Technical skillsWadeisorhas fallenand hittheir headFirst aidskillsSasha isworried abouta problemat schoolListening skillsAbdul isfeelinglonelyForeignlanguage skillsAsking forhelp skillsCoping skillsPeter hasjust arrivedin a newcountryQuick thinkingskillsStep 1If someone is bleeding a lot there will betoo much blood for a plaster.Harry’sfriends arearguing aboutsomethingBecca’scomputerisn’t workingproperlyArts andcraft skillsIt’s Liu’sgrandma’sbirthdayStep 2Press hard on the bleed using somethinglike a towel, T-shirt or even just your hand.KindnessskillsStep 3Tell an adult and call 999.What skills do I have?Think about the special and useful skillsthat you have.Fill out the skill card below. Write your nameand write down your skills. Colour in thecorrect number of stars to show how usefulyou think each skill is.Step 4Keep pressing on it until help arrives.Colour the correct number of hearts toshow how kind you think each skills is.Extension activity: Could you learna new skill? Find someone in yourhome who knows a skill you want tolearn. Offer to teach them one of yourskills. This way you can teach eachother a special skill.14Press hard tohelp stop thebleedingBritish Red Cross Kindness activity packExtension activity:Imagine someone in your house has ableed. What will you do? Make up a storywith a family member and act it out.Make sure you do the four steps above,do you remember them?15

How can you help someone with a broken boneStep 1Someone may have broken a bone if they have fallenor been hit by something. They may be in a lot ofpain. They could have swelling and bruising or be ina strange position.Reflective word searchTake some time to reflect on everything you have learned in this pack.See how many words you can find in the word search below. Whathave you learned about each word, could you describe it someone?Extension activity: Find thesecret word that matches thedefinition at the BoneHelpFriendsFirst AidFeelingsEmotionsCopingWellbeingSkillsStep 2Keep it still and supported. You can usea cushion, clothes or even your hand.Step 3Tell an adult.Means coping well with challenges andbeing ready for change.Moving it might hurtor make it worse,so keep it still16Extension activity: What do you havein your home that can help you supporta broken bone? Think about whatmaterial and texture it should be to keepit still and supported.How would you describe this word?Write your own meaning:British Red Cross Kindness activity pack17


Being Kind 4 British Red Cross Kindness activity pack 5 Small acts of kindness can go a long way. Kindness can help support people. Reflect on the power of kindness in these a

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