Make & Share Random Acts of Kindness: Simple Crafts and Recipes to Give and Spread Joy is a new book by Mique Provost, Creator of Thirty Handmade Days. What’s Up for Kids received a copy and we found the book’s bright, cheerful photos and ideas a great fit for Valentine’s Day and the month of February. With this book you could make the fun and spirit of Valentine’s Day last all month! Blogger Mique Provost, makes it easy to get started. With nearly 50 beginner and kid friendly crafts, quick and easy ideas and delicious homemade sweet treats, this book offers readers a unique collection of kindness to pass along to friends and strangers alike.
Mique Provost and her family started the tradition of performing random acts of kindness on her oldest son’s birthday. Having been diagnosed with autism at age two he had always been a challenge to buy gifts for. For his thirteenth birthday Mique had an inspired idea – to have a random-acts-of-kindness day in honor of him. Family, friends and even people Mique had never met before all joined in to make the day a success. Over a hundred random acts of kindness were performed that day and the amount of help they were able to give and the joy everyone felt sparked a tradition in Mique’s family and community. Now, they are publishing this book as a way to spread the tradition across the country.
In her book Mique writes, “This book was created to encourage kindness. Think of it as a jumping-off point. It is meant to inspire you to look for ways to improve your surroundings through random acts of kindness. The actions can take place within your community, within your relationships, within the walls of your home and more.”
In Make & Share Random Acts of Kindness, Mique includes her own unique designs and templates to accompany the projects on easy-to-tear-out pages so you can always be ready for an act of kindness. Each project is marked with a symbol (or two) at the top right of the page to note who it is geared toward. “C” stands for community, and the projects focus on spreading joy within your neighborhood. These simple tasks and projects urge the reader to look outside of his or her own family and friends and be aware of other people’s needs. Some of the suggested tasks include Gift Cards on the Go, Blessing Bags for the Homeless and Games at an Elderly Facility.
Random acts of kindness aren’t just for strangers though and it’s important to acknowledge the ones who make your life feel whole and this book gives you plenty of ideas to do just that in the Family and Friends projects (FF). Mique writes, “Surprising your family and friends with love notes will make them feel thought of and appreciated. Take the opportunity to show those you care about that you think about them often.” Other projects include: Lunch Box Notes, Ding Dong Donuts and Dinner for a Family in Need.
This book is filled with tasks and projects with kids in mind. The “K” projects and random acts of kindness are wonderful ways to teach kids to be kind and to pass it on. Whether it’s placing feel good bookmarks in books at the library or writing thank you notes to officers overseas, all kids can join in and do their part in sharing kindness.
Throughout the book you will find simple and delicious recipes for sweet treats and wholesome meals that are a wonderful way to let others know how much you appreciate them. Mique includes family favorites like Zucchini Chocolate Bread, Cini-Mini Donut Muffins and The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever as well as easy make-ahead meals such as her Mexican Chicken Soup and Lasagna Roll-Ups. Her fun and family-friendly recipes make it easy to brighten the lives of family members, friends and strangers.
Make & Share Random Acts of Kindness illustrates the numerous easy ways there are to spread kindness in the world and as Mique writes, “By doing random acts of kindness, you are making a difference in your heart, your home, your community and the world.”
The book retails for $19.99