7 Kids Gifts that Give Back

 

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Clockwise from top left:

  1. One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference, by Katie Smith Milway A great book that introduces children to other cultures and the power of giving. Best of all, this book can be found at your local bookstore (great to support local small businesses!) and can be given along with a microloan from Kiva.org or give some chickens to a family through World Vision.
  2. Tegu Made with sustainable materials, these magnetic wood blocks are rooted in giving. Tegu created an independent toy factory in Hondoras in order to provide employment and fair wages for the community. In addition, they partnered with a local school that educates many of the children of the families that work at the city trash dump.
  3. Uncharted Play The SOCCKET Original is a portable, power generating soccer ball designed to promote physical activity and spread awareness about the global energy problem.
  4. Wudy Werks, a veteran-owned, Made in America small business, handcrafts these enormous 3D Double X T-Rex puzzles.
  5. Laugh Brand With every purchase, Laugh gives back 30% of profits to fight human trafficking and exploitation.
  6. Plan Toys Fully transparent with their sustainable materials (such as wood from rubber trees & formadelyhyde-free glues) and sustainable manufacturing, Plan Toys gives back with their reforestation program and programs for children in the community.
  7. Yoobi – For every item bought, Yoobi donates an item to their Yoobi Classroom Pack, which is then distributed to classrooms, as determined by Kids in Need Foundation.

 

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Ways to Become a Great Giver

I was completely inspired by Pastor Bryan Wilkerson at Grace Chapel (watch it here). You know you love giving when a sermon on the topic makes you giddy…

Ready to give? Check out these great organizations…

Nonprofits

Teaching kids to Share, Save & Spend

Do you give away 1/3 of your income?

Can you imagine all the good that would happen if you did? (I know, I know, foreclosure on your house and inability to pay bills is not what qualifies as “good”…)

Our triplets turn 5 today (which still amazes me) and one gift they will each receive is a Moonjar. We are hoping to teach our children about money (how to think about it, how to be generous, how to share) by using the Moonjar. This modern day piggy bank contains three separate sections: Save, Spend and Share.

(source Moonjar.com)

What a great way to teach kids that if they receive or make money, they will get to save 1/3 of it, spend 1/3 of it and share 1/3 of it with church or a charity of their choice.

Spending money? No one needs to teach children (or adults for that matter) to spend money.

Why should we teach children to share their hard-earned lemonade stand money? It is important for children to know that what they have is a blessing from God. And He does not give it to us to hoard or spend recklessly. He wants us to bless others with His money. And what a great activity to be able to sit down with our kids to talk about how they can bless others!

Why should we teach children to save? It is important to learn to delay gratification and differentiate between needs and wants. Do they really neeeeeeeed that toy or lollipop or whatever? Probably not.

Will our 5 year olds really “get” these lessons? Probably not. But they never will if we don’t introduce it. We’ll see how it goes!


Teaching children to give?

How should I teach my children to give, to teach them a servant’s heart? I have no idea. I am spending time trying to plan out activities this summer that allow us to serve others. But how much can (almost) 5 year olds get? How much can they do?

We’ll soon find out. We will have to learn by trial and error.

In the meantime, the boys and I piled up on the daybed this morning to try to brainstorm ideas of things we could make and give away to strangers. Below is a preview!

While we were rolling the clay, I asked the boys why we should love other people, including strangers. One said quietly  “because Jesus tells us to. And he also tells us to give.” Mind blown. There is such joy in my heart! (Keep in mind, the other two were busy telling potty jokes while this was going on…)

We are excited to get started with our plan to give these away, but still have a few things to do. My boys are imps (they get it from me), so our method for distributing will be fitting.


Stay tuned!