Hands On Learning- Giving To Charity

Teaching children about charity is in my opinion one big must do for parents.  It’s invaluable for children to learn how to give , serve and contribute to their community in positive ways.  I think of it similarly to introducing new foods, lead by example , be creative and don’t expect the lesson to stick right away.

Every year our neighborhood has a large community garage sale and this year we set up a small bake sale to go along with it.  When I asked my son who we should give the earnings to he suggested “The Poor.” We talked about what being poor meant and decided our local food bank was a great place to donate our earnings to.

Together we went to the food bank to check it out. My son got to see people going in for groceries, volunteers stocking shelves and we talked to one of the managers to see if there were any special requirements we needed to meet in order to hold a bake sale. This step was so important for a 4 year old, it took an abstract concept of giving money to “The Poor” to giving to a real concrete place and people.

Then we got to work . We went to the store got a poster paper and decided on the wording.

I did the writing. He decorated it.

Got some cookies – no we didn’t bake them ourselves. I worry about allergies, especially since we were selling them to strangers. Since it was store bought I had the ingredients label in my pocket if anyone had a question. We bake periodically for friends and church for other kid friendly service projects.

Set up, in the garage because of rain, but it didn’t seem to matter.

We had 30 cookies to sell and they all sold out in about 2 very rainy hours. He was a great salesman , greeting customers, being polite when people said they were not interested and handling the money as well.Our total came to just over $32 !

Then this morning we wrote a note to the food bank . I tried to be as hands off as I could so I wrote but he dictated it. Then we dropped it off, I had him walk it up to the counter and explain what it was. He was so proud to hand the money to them. In the way out he saw some ladies walking in and asked me if he helped them.  I think the lesson is sinking in.

Whether you give the money to charity or choose to use a sale like this to teach about earning and saving it’s a great way to spend time working together .

Our set up was very basic but check out these lemonade stands and bake sale set ups from around the web!

Love this computer desk turned into a lemonade stand at Just Sew Sassy

If this smile from Frugal Family Fun Blog doesn’t make you want lemonade I don’t know what will!

How have you tried to teach your children about giving to charity?