We’ve been talking a lot in our family about the importance of kindness toward others lately. This is a time of year when it’s easy to celebrate random acts of kindness, but it’s something I want to be a part of my children’s everyday lives- not just something we do in December.

When Monster High asked me to team up with them to promote their #KindMonsters pledge, which they created in collaboration with the Born This Way Campaign, I enthusiastically said yes because I knew Leyna and I would have a great time working on it together, and it would give us an easy way to talk about kindness every day.

“With a shared vision for a positive and bright future for young people, Monster High and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation are in a multi-year partnership to inspire empowerment and acceptance. Together we support the well-being of young people and elevate kindness, bravery and acceptance both on and offline.” 

With that mission statement in mind, we worked together and came up with the #KindMonsters Monster High Kindness Jar.
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I’ve talked to you all before about how pleasantly surprised I was to learn about Monster High’s message of kindness and acceptance. The monsters are students who accept their friends for all their unique qualities because that’s what friendship is all about. I love that I’m able to connect with her about this super important topic through the lens of toys and a show that she already enjoys.

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Supplies:

1 glass jar with a lid
Monster High Minis
fine glitter
Mod Podge
Mod Podge sealer (optional)
paper plates
foam brushes
hot glue gun
colored paper or cardstock

The ultimate goal is to fill the whole jar with acts of kindness, either that she did or that she witnessed. She’s in kindergarten and is just now learning to write, so it doubles as a great way to get her to practice putting words on paper. For now, she’s getting a little help from me, but I hope to have her filling them out all on her own by the end of the school year.

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First, brush the Mod Podge onto the outside of the glass jar- wherever you’d like the glitter to stick.

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Sprinkle the glitter onto the Mod Podge while holding the jar over a plate. Later, you can move the jar to dry on a clean paper plate and pour the excess glitter back into the jar.

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Unpackage your Monster High Minis…

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And decide how you want them arranged on the jar lid. Then an adult can hot glue them to the lid.

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While the glitter and lid are drying, cut colored paper into strips or squares that are big enough to write acts of kindness on. You can always fold them to fit inside the jar if needed.

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Write down your first act of kindness! Be sure to put a date on it. It will be fun to look back at what happened when the jar gets full.

img_5932As an optional step, you can spray over the glitter with the Mod Podge sealer. This helps keep the glitter from flaking off. But hey, you could be cool with glitter all over your house! So you do you.

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Set your jar, papers, and a pen/marker/pencil in a place that’s easy to access, and write down your act of kindness every day. Then fill the jar!

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Monster High has partnered with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation to empower and support young people to spread kindness and compassion in their community. You can learn more about their partnership here, take the pledge, and even nominate someone for a Kind Monster award!

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Thanks to Monster High for sponsoring this post, and for supporting the Born This Way Foundation and #KindMonsters who are spreading kindness, compassion, and bravery. 

 

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