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Pause for Thought: Brighten with Kindness

Being kind can have a great effect

by Rebecca Parkinson

Suitable for Whole School (Pri)


To consider the importance and impact of being kind.

Preparation and materials

  • You will need to have the means available to play the video below. It is 2.13 minutes long.


Ask the children whether they can remember a time when someone was kind to them.

If possible, share a time from your own experience when someone being kind made a difference to you.

Ask the children whether they think that kindness can make a difference to people.

Show the following video.

Time for reflection

How can we show kindness today? How can we brighten someone else’s world?

Try to think of one simple thing that you could do to brighten someone’s day today.

You may wish to use the following prayer.

Dear God,
Please teach us to care for others and to be kind,
No matter who the person is, or what they are like.
Thank you that you love and care for everyone.


‘You’ve got a friend in me’ from the film Toy Story, available at: (2.04 minutes long)

The Blessing, featuring children from various nations, available at: (5.30 minutes long)

Extension activities

  1. Would you like some ideas of acts of kindness that you could perform? There are 110 suggestions here:
    Maybe you could choose one to have a go at each day this week!
  2. Why not have a go at making a butterfly card for a friend or family member? Some instructions are available at:
Publication date: July 2020   (Vol.22 No.7)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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