10 Simple Ways for You and Your Child to Serve this Winter

10 Simple Ways for You and Your Child to Serve This Winter

Even though it is winter and many of us are bundled up to stay warm inside, there are still plenty of ways to serve and help others.

Serving needs to be a mindset until it becomes a way of life.  I know from experience that the idea of helping others must be in the forefront of my mind if I am to teach my children about serving others.  It requires practice . . . and lots of it.

So with that, here are 10 simple ways for you and your child to serve this winter.

1.  Help shovel a neighbor’s walk or driveway.

2.  Make soup together and bless someone (or a family) with it.

3.  Send a homemade Valentine to a person who may be feeling lonely.  Let them know they are loved.  Share a Bible verse.

4.  Put together a Hot Chocolate Basket for a friend.  Include mix, fun marshmallows, whip cream, sprinkles, flavorings, etc.

5.  Draw pictures and make snowflakes for a nursing home.

6.  Take a shopping cart back for a shopper on a chilly day.

7.  Reach out and invite neighbors over for hot chocolate, tea or coffee.

8.  Donate toys and clothes your kids have outgrown.

9.  Donate food to your local food pantry.

10.  Make a fleece “knot” blanket and take to a shelter.

Looking for more ideas?  Check out my ebook, Teach Me To Serve:  99 Ways Preschoolers Can Learn to Serve and Bless Others.  Use code winter and you can get the pdf copy for half off through the end of January!

What is a “winter” service idea that your family has done?  


  1. Great ideas! When we are cold, our thoughts turn to ourselves and keeping warm and forget about those in need. Good lessons for kids to consider others this time of year. Thanks, Kristen!

    • Thanks, Christina! If I am not deliberate, serving can slip from my mind so easily. Your family will have to skip #1 where you are, but FL has been chillier than usual!

  2. Yes! I need these ideas!! Thank you Kristen! We have so much snow over at our house, helping to shovel snow is a great idea – plus good exercise!

  3. Great ideas! 🙂