I think I just came across my new favorite website!
Once you check it out, I think it will be one of your favorites too. Really.
Little Hands Can is dedicated to creating community volunteer opportunities that are age-appropriate for toddlers and young kids. I can’t overemphasize how much I love this concept! I love the idea of teaching service from such a young age. I love the confidence it builds in a young person’s mind about their own ability to make a difference in the world. I love the community building and working with a team focus.
And oh my, they have play dates where they read stories and sing songs about a specific service oriented theme then work on a craft or project that has to do with that same theme, to be donated to an organization. The icing on the cake? This takes place in a senior living facility so elders can join in, elders and toddlers interact and work together on a service oriented project. Pure genius.
Little Hands Can hosts after school programs, community events, and provides ideas for families to try out on their own. You best believe my kids and I will become frequent participants!
Little Hands Can definitely inspired me. I came up with a craft project that any kid could do, but has a social justice ring to it. Create a coloring page that says “Thank you for being a part of this community” or “I am glad you are a part of this community” then have kids color pages. Deliver them to mosques and places that work with immigrants.
Similar idea: create one that says “Thank you for all your amazing work!” Delivered completed pages to organizations that do social justice work everyday.
Hmmm…perhaps another one that says “I am glad you are you!” and deliver them to organizations that work with LGBTQI community members.
Actually, now that I write it out I realize I should create some print ready pages! Stay tuned!
Photo by Michel Curi