Encouraging Kids with DIY Kindness Game

Creating I AM Tool for Kids Kindness Game

February is Kindness Month!  Kind kiddos are confident kids, kids with a sense of being important in the world.  The first step to creating kindness is creating happy, healthy kids who know that their voice matters.  This little watercolor project is a happy one in and of itself but the results create ongoing kindness.

Completed kids diy I AM kindness game with markers and watercolor

To create the I AM tool, you will need the following supplies and materials.

OOLY watercolor paint pods and paint brushes with watercolor paper

Start Writing the Statements

The first step is to create the words that will complete the I AM statements.  These words matter because every kid is different. These words should be ones that will support the building up of a child’s self-esteem.  

Here are some ideas:

  • Happy
  • Joyful
  • Smart
  • Knowledgeable
  • Kind
  • Helpful
  • Creative
  • Friendly
  • Strong
  • Courageous
  • Safe
  • Beautiful
  • Authentic

Write these words in big letters on the strips of watercolor paper with a permanent marker.  Add little doodles if you would like.

Inspiring words for DIY kids kindness game

Use the lil Watercolor Paint Pods to paint the strips and add color. Your imagination is the limit with the colors you choose-happy & bright or rainbow hues!

Painted, inspirational words for I AM kindness game

Positive messages made with watercolor for I AM kindness game

Create your I AM statement tool.  

While your statement strips are drying you can start on the I AM statement holder. Write I AM in big letters on the full piece of watercolor paper and draw a large rectangle that the word strips fit into.  Then use your watercolors to paint the statement holder tool.

I AM DIY kindness game made with watercolor paint

When dry, add a clothespin to the top center of the rectangle with glue. Use a colorful one or paint one in a cheerful color.

Closeup of clothespin from DIY I AM kindness game

Now you have a bright, versatile tool to instill good traits that can be customized to each child.  Use the tool in the mornings, after school or at night to add words and talk about them with your kids.  You can always add new statement strips as new ideas arise. Keep the strips in a jar or a box close to the statement holder. Take turns letting your child pick a statement for the discussion too!

Finished DIY I AM kindess game for kids

 

Laura Kelly is a doodle artist with a creative spirit.  She spends her time making art and creating fun with her family and her Girl Scout troop.  You can follow her blog at Me and My INKlings and find her on social media platforms @laurakellydesigns !