Helpful people help others. Children are naturally sympathetic and have a desire to be helpful. Showing others how to be helpful is a value that will stay with as we grow and develop. Being helpful means doing things to care for yourself, your family, friends and community. It involves looking for those in need and doing something to help them out of love. What could you do today to help someone else and make them feel special? Could you write a letter to someone in your family, or write to us, or make a friend a card? You could ask other people to name three special things about you and maybe you could do the same for them?
ACTIVITIES FOR YOU TO TRY
Here are three Special Sunday ideas for you to try during Scottish Children’s Health Week.
ACTIVITY 1 | DOING A GOOD TURN
You can be helpful by looking out for things that need to be done, and then doing them without being asked. This can often be referred to as ‘Doing a Good Turn’. You can do this in the community for example by picking up litter in your street and putting in the bin. Or you can go bigger and organise a community litter pick through Clean Up Scotland – they can also help you nominate someone for our Clean Up Scotland Hero award.
ACTIVITY 2 | WINDOW WASHING
Washing windows has many benefits! Filling up a spray bottle to mist over the windows requires motor skills, coordination and a strong sense of balance. To make the spray mix a solution that is half white vinegar and half water. To make it smell nice you can add a few drops of essential oil such as lemon or lavender. You’ll need to have self-control and self-discipline to complete your task and remember to use shammies (or ‘magic’ wash cloths) to clean off any streaks of water.
ACTIVITY 3 | CHORES
Some chores help to teach us life skills – like doing the laundry or cooking – and others teach us about responsibility, planning and time-management – such as cleaning your room. Chores also teach teamwork – members of your family “team” are accountable to each other, and there are consequences when you don’t meet each other’s expectations. You can easily be helpful this Sunday by doing some chores around the house. Why not start by cleaning your room?