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Community Activities for Kids

Kids can learn at an early age what activities they can do to help in their community and we as teachers can help them! I think it is truly such a powerful things for students to know that they are never too young to start helping in their community. 

You can easily integrate activities into your science and writing times to help students learn these things. 

These don't have to be “fluff” activities either, they can be very purposeful and educational. 

I also like to use these activities to steal some extra intervention time at the end of the day! Keep reading to find out how! 

Why is it important for kids to learn how to help in their community?


Teaching kids to contribute and help in their community is a crucial aspect of their development that extends beyond the classroom. Here are several reasons why it's important for kids to learn how to help in their community:

1. Develops Empathy and Compassion:

Encouraging children to participate in community service fosters empathy as they witness and understand the needs and challenges faced by others. It helps them develop a compassionate mindset, promoting a sense of care and concern for the well-being of others.

2. Builds a Sense of Responsibility:

Community involvement instills a sense of responsibility in children. By contributing to their community, they learn that they are part of something bigger than themselves and that they play a role in making their community a better place.

3. Promotes Civic Engagement:

Engaging in community service from a young age encourages an active interest in civic matters. It lays the foundation for responsible citizenship, helping kids understand their role in society and inspiring them to participate in civic activities as they grow older.

4. Teaches Teamwork and Collaboration:

Many community service activities involve teamwork and collaboration. Working together on projects teaches kids how to communicate effectively, share responsibilities, and appreciate diverse perspectives, important skills that will benefit them in various aspects of life.

5. Enhances Social Skills:

Community service exposes children to a diverse range of people and situations. This helps improve their social skills as they interact with different community members, learning to communicate with respect and understanding.

6. Fosters a Sense of Belonging:

Actively participating in community initiatives helps kids feel a sense of belonging. It reinforces the idea that they are valued members of their community, fostering a positive connection to the people and places around them.

7. Strengthens Character and Values:

Engaging in acts of kindness and service contributes to the development of strong character traits such as generosity, kindness, and integrity. It instills values that are integral to personal growth and ethical decision-making.

8. Provides Real-World Learning:

Community service offers practical, real-world learning experiences that complement classroom education. It allows children to apply their knowledge and skills to address tangible issues, reinforcing the relevance of what they learn in school.

9. Inspires a Lifelong Commitment to Service:

Early exposure to community service can create a positive attitude towards helping others, fostering a lifelong commitment to philanthropy and volunteerism. It establishes a foundation for a sense of duty and a desire to contribute to the greater good.

10. Creates Positive Community Change:

Children who actively contribute to their community have the power to effect positive change. Whether it's through environmental initiatives, supporting local charities, or participating in community events, kids learn that their actions can make a difference.

In essence, teaching kids to help in their community is an investment in their personal growth, social awareness, and the creation of a compassionate and responsible future generation.

Community Service Cut and Paste Activities

I love using these cut and paste activities to provide differentiated activities for my students to learn how they can help in their community. 

What I love about these cut and paste activities is that it allows my struggling students to simply trace the vocabulary words, but my students who need a challenge have to write complete sentences USING the vocabulary words that they have learned. 

This makes sure that all of my students are receiving what they need. 

Let's Write About Community Service

After we have introduced vocabulary with cut and paste activities and fill in the blank activities, we jump into writing about how kids can help in their community. 

Writing is such a powerful activity for students to realize how THEY can help. I feel like writing, especially creative writing, allows students to make personal connections to what they have learned. 

I always have my students write “Ways I Can Help” and “Giving to Others“. These are my two favorite writing activities for this unit. 

These are especially great activities to share with parents. It not only showcases their students' writing skills, but by showing it to parents, you can help students follow through with their plans to help in their community. 

My Best Time Saving Tip

Here's my best tip for making time for science or social studies… 

I create a cover page and run all of the activities for the week as a “packet”. That we can start the packet on Monday and we can do one page a day or two pages on Monday and no pages on Tuesday. 

It allows for flexibility because you can pick up the packet and use it when you have time. 

You can also allow students who need a challenge to work through the packet at their own pace! 

Read more Time Saving Social Studies Tips HERE: 

Helping in Your Community Activities for Kids

Teach your students the impact they can have on their community with this Citizenship: Helping in Your Community social studies unit.

This product's easy click and print resources can be used to to practice fine motor skills and use interactive notebooks, graphic organizers and writing pages.

Use it to review the importance of how contributing to your community can help the environment and create a sense of community with other people.

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Kristen Sullins

Kristen Sullins

I am a current Elementary Librarian and
Enrichment Teacher, mother of two, follower of Christ and Texas native. In my own classroom, I love to save time by finding unique ways to integrate writing, social studies and science into all parts of my day. I also love all things organization!