It's never to early to teach your children about serving. Preschoolers love to help and want to help. Here is an article about some practical ideas to help you start teaching your preschooler to serve. -
1. Make cards for nursing home or hospital patients
Once children hit age 2 (and sometimes younger), they can usually color on paper. And you can easily fold the paper into cards. Many sick and elderly people spend the holidays alone, and a simple card made by a little one can bring lots of cheer. If your children aren’t ill, take them with you to deliver the cards! If they are, I suggest sending the cards in the mail, as you don’t want to expose the most vulnerable to any sickness.
2. Collect coupons for military families
Did you know military bases take expired coupons?! If you get the Sunday paper, it won’t be hard at all to set aside your unwanted coupons. I’m not an extreme couponer, so I am happy to pass along any coupons to those who actually use them more often.
Instead of chunking them in the recycling bin, have your preschoolers help you cut them out, stuff them in some envelopes with some homemade Christmas cards and send them to your favorite military family. This is sure to be a blessing! (Don’t know any military families? My friend and military wife, Nikki, at Christian Mommy Blogger, may be able to point you in the right direction!)
3. Make a meal together for a homebound individual
Little ones can start mixing and tossing in pre-measured ingredients when they are little more than a year old. While you’re cooking, talk or even pray together for the person for whom you are preparing the meal.
4. Make a video and/or music recording for a faraway friend or relative
Does Grandma live 12 hours away (my girls’ does!), or do you have a special missionary friend who lives in another country (we do!), why not have your kiddos sing for the camera and/or voice recorder. It will be sure to bring smiles and cheers–and maybe even a few tears.
5. Bake some treats for your neighbors
This has to be my favorite–and one we will definitely be doing again this year. Last year, Little Girl and I baked banana bread for our neighbors, but this year I think we may make an assortment of treats, like pumpkin spice donut holes, healthy chocolate peanut butter fudge, coconut-cranberry peanut butter truffles and my triple chocolate peanut butter truffles from the Healthy Holidays eBook. We like to attach a Bible verse proclaiming Christ’s birth.