Teaching kindness is one of the most important jobs we do as parents, but it’s also one of the hardest simply because it’s an ongoing process. You only have to teach your kid how to tie his shoes once, but teaching him to have consideration for others is a lesson you have to work on every single day for it to stick. Boom Boom! Cards aim to promote kindness by encouraging people of all ages to act as agents of altruism.
Each card in the deck has an activity on it, such as picking up trash in your neighborhood or calling an elderly relative to say hello. You are supposed to do the activity on the card, then register it on the Boom Boom! website along with a description of what you did before passing it on to a friend. Then, they repeat the process. Eventually, you can see a “chain” of acts of kindness spreading all around the world.
I really like the idea of the Boom Boom! Cards turning random acts of kindness into intentional acts of kindness. Going out of our way to do good deeds made it easier to create a “teachable” moment for my son. Plus, most of the activities in the Family deck we sampled were just fun to do together.
I also enjoyed simply browsing the Boom Boom! website to read about what others had done. It was a simple way to remind myself that there are many people who want to make the world a better place, even if it doesn’t always seem that way.
The only real problem with the Boom Boom! Cards is that it takes awhile for your cards to get played once you pass them along to someone else. So, tracking the cards online requires patience. Unfortunately, this is not one of my son’s best attributes. I’m hoping that once we get a bunch of cards in “play” our timeline will have enough activity to hold his interest a bit better.
What do you think of Boom Boom! Cards? Is this an activity you’d enjoy doing with your child?
Disclaimer: A sample deck of Boom Boom! Cards was provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.
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