Small impacts create big change: How can small activities of positivity and gratitude impact children?


“End the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their children two generations at a time.”


“A world where single mothers and their children prosper.”


The Jeremiah Program is a program that provides opportunities and tools for young mothers that come from challenging backgrounds and difficult backgrounds. It gives them support to pursue a career-track for college. It has early childhood education and safe places to live, allowing a path out of poverty. Its headquarters is located in Minneapolis and I had to opportunity to volunteer there this past summer.


While the mothers are taking their college class and learning how to help better their lives and make their lives more positive, the children should be able to learn about gratitude and positivity as well. 


There are three different rooms of children when volunteering:

  • Infants (up to the age of 1)
  • Toddlers (between the ages of 1-3)
  • Preschool (between the ages of 3-5)

A solution is to integrate small activities and exercises into each children’s lives so at a young age they can have positivity in their lives and learn skills on how to be grateful for the opportunities around them.

6 positive games to help your baby develop

There are 6 important ways to help your infants brian become more developed and help ensure positivity throughout their first year of life:

  1. Peekaboo: learns about an object’s permanence. 
  2. Pattycake: helps a baby learn hand-eye coordination, social and verbal development, fine motor skills
  3. Itsy-bitsy spider: learns sing-song games build fine motor skills and language development.
  4. Eyes, nose, mouth: baby learns body awareness and vocabulary.
  5. Funny Faces: social, visual and emotional development, also listening skills.
  6. “So big!”:  learns large motor skills, listening skills, and a sense of humor.

Play is the best way to help your baby’s positive development.

10 Activities to Improve Your Toddler’s Development

5 fun goal-setting activities for pre-school children

  1. By making a family bucket list it gets everyone involved and is a fun way to encourage your kids to get things done.
  2. Divide a wheel into segments. On each segment, your child will write important categories in their life: Family, Friends, School, Tennis, etc.
  3. A vision board is a great way to help your child visualize their goals. Your child will have fun creating a meaningful arts and crafts project.
  4. 3 Stars and a Wish is a fun way to get kids thinking about their goals while also providing some positive affirmation.
  5. Asking your child questions about what she would like to accomplish is a standard component of the goal-setting process.

Thank you for taking the time to look at this project, you can view my sources here and can show your support for instilling positivity in others by volunteering in your local community or using these activities above to improve gratitude in your life or others.

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