Summer Service Activities

Ideas to keep kids busy while encouraging them to give back.

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By Rebecca Lubecki

Looking for ways to keep your kids busy this summer while encouraging them to give back? Here are some ideas to keep them engaged while learning valuable life lessons.

  1. Plant a Community Garden

Teaching kids where food comes from is a great lesson. Start a garden with people in your community and donate the fresh produce to those in need.

  1. Serve Your Neighbors

Helping those around you builds community, encourages kindness and teaches responsibility. Offer to help neighbors with yard work, make them a meal or carry groceries in from their car.

  1. Thank Community Servants

It’s never been more important to show gratitude for those you admire in your community. Write letters or make cards to say “thank you” to those who are continuing to serve during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can download a few Thrivent “thank you” coloring sheets to share with others.

  1. Volunteer at an Animal Shelter

If you have a heart for animals, see if your local animal shelter needs help. From walking dogs to cleaning kennels, you can have a direct impact on animals who need love and attention. If you’re practicing social distancing, you can still drop off supplies to donate to the animals.

  1. Make a Bird Feeder

Nature needs a hand, too. Something as simple as spreading peanut butter on a pinecone and dipping it in birdseed goes a long way for feathered friends.