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The “Secret Service” Activity: A Lesson in Kindness

2013-07-22 by Katie Heap

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This secret service play activity (and lesson in kindness) is provided by guest blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat.

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This summer, you and your child can spend an entire day devoted to serving other people…as members of the “Secret Service”! Challenge your child to see how many things he can do for others without being asked and without their knowledge.

To start off this activity, you’ll need these 4 FREE printables:

1.   Secret Service Envelope Label: Attach this to the outside of a manila envelope. Write your “special agent’s” name on the front, where indicated.

 2.  “Mission : Possible” Letter: This is your child’s invitation to serve others, and outlines how he is to fulfill his mission.

 3.  Confidential Secret Service Mission Ideas:  These are some service ideas that can be cut out and glued onto his letter, so he can keep track of his missions for the day. There are also blank spaces so he can write in some of his own service ideas, if desired.

 4.  “The Secret Service Was Here” – Calling Cards: Have your child leave one of these calling cards behind wherever he’s been of service. Alternately, he could use the craft supplies (see below) to make his own calling cards.

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The first step in setting up this activity is to leave the envelope (with all the other printables inside) where your child can easily find it – on his bed, on the table where he sits to eat breakfast in the morning, etc. When he opens it, he can follow the directions and choose the activities he would like to do and then using child-safe scissors and glue sticks, paste them onto his letter.

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And then the fun begins! My kids spent the better part of the morning preparing cards and pictures to deliver to other people – something to cheer up their friends and neighbors, make them feel happy, and help them enjoy their day. Have all these art supplies readily available to get the creativity going: crayons, markers, colored pencils, glitter glue sticks, construction paper, and of course drawing paper as a base to glue it all. Or, use an art set for kids!

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Once your child delivers his masterpieces and letters of encouragement, he can go about doing the other secret service activities on his list…like wiping the counter tops, putting away toys, arranging shoes, etc. Some of these may be things that are typically on his “chores” list, but when he is doing them as a “secret service” for someone else, it becomes a thrill!

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And don’t be surprised if you see a few of these calling cards laying around the house!

Enjoy your day of “secret service”! Giving your child an opportunity to serve others (in an enjoyable way),  will leave everyone feeling happy – both those who were served and those who did the serving!

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Katie Heap

Katie Heap is the author of Live Craft Eat–a place where she writes about her 3 loves: her family, her crafting endeavors, and learning to cook.  Follow Live Craft Eat on Pinterest and Facebook as well.

45 Comments

  • Corie

    December 7, 2016 8:56 am

    Hi, I teach a class of 3 and 4 year olds. I would love to use this idea for them. Can you please send me a link for this activity. Thank you for your help.

  • Sarah

    December 1, 2016 4:03 am

    I would LOVE to do this with my two little ones. Could you please email the printables?

  • Sarah

    December 1, 2016 4:02 am

    I would LOVE to do this with my two little ones. Could you please email the printables?

  • Kimberly

    November 30, 2016 10:08 pm

    also wondering if the downloads could be, or have been shared with or emailed to anyone. username and password required... this is such a great idea.

  • Vanessa Fritscher

    November 28, 2016 3:08 pm

    Is there a link to the printables? Could I have them emailed?

  • Jennifer Frost

    November 27, 2016 11:59 am

    Love this! Your printable's won't download with out some sort of password. Can you email them to me?

  • Sandy

    November 27, 2016 8:28 am

    Love this! Can you please email me the documents? Thank you

  • Kassy

    November 22, 2016 1:48 pm

    Did anyone receive the downloads?

  • evelyn

    November 18, 2016 6:34 pm

    This is an adorable idea but it will not let me download any of the printables. Could you email them to me?

  • Amy

    November 15, 2016 8:24 pm

    Would love a copy of this too! Like so many others I am unable to download the printables. Help!

  • Roxanne

    November 13, 2016 11:12 pm

    I couldn't get the printables to download. Any way for you to e-mail them to me?

  • Katie F

    November 13, 2016 2:36 pm

    Would you please e-mail me a copy of the four printables? They are so cute, but the website keeps asking for a password in order to view them. Thanks!

  • Katie F

    November 13, 2016 2:36 pm

    Would you please e-mail me a copy of the four printables? They are so cute, but the website keeps asking for a password in order to view them. Thanks!

  • Rita Bollinger

    November 12, 2016 3:57 pm

    Would love a copy to use for my Girl Scout troop

  • Susan

    November 11, 2016 10:01 pm

    I would love to use this in my classroom, but I can't get it to download. Are you able to email it to me?

  • Kendra

    November 10, 2016 9:24 am

    I would love to get these printables, and I am unable to download them.

  • jean

    November 9, 2016 9:57 pm

    Could you please email the downloads?

  • jean

    November 9, 2016 9:56 pm

    Could you please email me the service printables?

  • Melissa

    November 9, 2016 3:28 pm

    I love this for my leadership class. Can you email the PDF? Thank you so much!

  • Melissa

    November 8, 2016 12:26 pm

    Unable to download- can i get the PDF?

  • Christine Smith

    November 6, 2016 7:42 am

    Seems everyone is having trouble downloading them. I would like an email if them if you can share. Thank you so much.

  • Shaunie

    November 5, 2016 6:10 pm

    Has anyone figured out how to download these printables?

  • Connie

    November 3, 2016 12:44 pm

    I'd really like to use your secret service activity with my k-1 kids, but can't download it, will you email it to me?

  • Mandy McConahay

    November 2, 2016 6:06 pm

    Love this! I am also unable to download, would you please email the pdf's? Thank you so much!

  • Liz

    November 2, 2016 10:14 am

    Such a great idea! I'm unable to download. Can you please email me the printables!

  • Liz

    November 2, 2016 10:14 am

    Such a great idea! I'm unable to download. Can you please email me the printables!

  • Rikki

    November 1, 2016 11:57 am

    oh no! it wouldnt let me download can you please email me thank you so much.

  • Anita Morgan

    November 1, 2016 11:33 am

    Could you email me this in a PDF? I am a school counselor and want to challenge each class with a service project.

  • dawna

    October 31, 2016 2:43 pm

    I too am unable to download these. Is it possible to email them to me? Thank you.

  • Carolyn

    October 30, 2016 1:45 pm

    Hi, could you please send me the PDF as well? Thank you! Love this idea

  • Anina

    October 30, 2016 11:31 am

    I would love to do this with my kids please can you email me the pdf turntables please.

  • Chloe Ursem

    October 29, 2016 5:15 pm

    I couldn't download them either. Could you email them to me please?

  • Chloe Ursem

    October 29, 2016 5:14 pm

    I couldn't download them either. Could you email them to me please?

  • Hope Anita Smith

    October 29, 2016 11:32 am

    Love this. Would it be possible for you to email me the pdfs for the printables? I am happy to pay if there is a fee. Thank you for your brilliant ideas! Be blessed.

  • Hope Anita Smith

    October 29, 2016 11:24 am

    I would love to use this at my church. Would you please email me the printable. If there is a fee I am happy to pay it. Thank you. Be blessed.

  • Maria-Selma

    October 28, 2016 6:02 am

    I love your idea, but it will not let me download any of the printables. Could you email them to me?

  • Coleen

    October 27, 2016 1:36 pm

    Love this! Would love to use it for my lesson. Could you email me the printables?? Thanks!!

  • Coleen

    October 27, 2016 1:36 pm

    Love this! Would love to use it for my lesson. Could you email me the printables?? Thanks!!

  • Laurie Knudson

    October 27, 2016 1:32 pm

    I love this! I'd like to use it with our Sunday school kids. We are trying this year to have a service/mission focus. I had the same troubles as the others, couldn't get it to download. Could you email it to me too? Thank you so much!

  • Lisa

    October 25, 2016 5:59 pm

    I love this idea, but can't download! Can you email it? Thanks!

  • Tabatha

    October 25, 2016 2:43 pm

    Love the idea. I want to do this with my class. Can you email me too?

  • Hollie

    October 18, 2016 1:06 pm

    I love this! I would also like an emailed copy if you can.

  • Libbi Nelson

    October 16, 2016 9:35 pm

    I am unable to download these secret service printables. Would you also email these to me? Thanks so much!

  • Sarah

    October 14, 2016 6:32 am

    I had the same problem as Joyce did. I LOVE this idea and can't wait to use it with my class!! Could you email them to me as well? Thank you.

  • Joyce

    October 9, 2016 11:51 pm

    This is an adorable idea but it will not let me download any of the printables. Could you email them to me?

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