For Purpose Kids
For Purpose Kids, a quarterly subscription box service, is intended to teach kids ages 5-10 how to be kind, do good, and make the world a better place, through simple activities and readings. Here’s what we found in the three tool kits we evaluated.
The “Do Good Starter Kit” includes Ellen Sabin’s The Giving Book –a celebrated primer on empathy, a hardcover journal to hold thoughts and drawings, an activity guide and five stick puppets to act out concepts presented throughout the subscription service. The “Helping People and Communities” kit focuses on doing good for people and communities in need on a local level. DyAnne DiSaalvo-Ryan’s Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen, one of the first children’s books to explore homelessness, poverty and community service sets the stage. The six-page guide encourages children to volunteer at a soup kitchen, donate toys to shelters, raise money to donate and always be kind to others. The activities include a T-shirt to color, an inflatable globe “discovery ball,” and a “giving bag,” in which children put a “gift” to give to someone as an act of kindness. The “Helping Animals” kit encourages children to think about animal conservation on a community and global level, providing ideas on how to get involved. It begins with a copy of Virginia Kroll and Zuzanna Celej’s well written, and beautifully illustrated Moon’s Messenger, a sweet educational tale about endangered species. This box also includes an Origami Animals pack, a six-page activity guide and a metal sea turtle “Reminder Bracelet” to help children remember they should help protect our planet and the creatures who live here.
The concept of For Purpose Kids is both interesting and needed. The contents are designed to help children make a habit of thinking about and doing for others.
The Subscription can be cancelled at any time, unless the Annual Subscription is pre-paid in full.
Lahri Bond ©2019 Parents’ Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.