Our kindness chain has been a wonderful addition to our daily routine and work room decor. It has really moved kindness into focus and has improved each of the children’s emotional intelligence — even those who aren’t participating are benefiting from a more peaceful and kind environment.
I wanted to create a poster for our work room that would compliment our kindness chain and inspire us all whenever we saw it — and of course, I wanted to share it with you along with some great ideas for exploring a rainbow theme to help emphasize it’s meaning.
This free inspirational printable would also be a great postcard or as the front of a card — for St. Patrick’s day or whenever someone needs a bit of a boost.
“Be a Rainbow in Someone Else’s Cloud” is a quote from Maya Angelou. (You can see her discuss the idea here.)
I explained this quote to the kids by asking them first what they thought about rainbows. Everything they shared was beautiful and positive.
I asked them, what would it be like to be a “rainbow” for someone else? Maybe someone who felt sad, or grumpy?
The kids had beautiful ideas and suggestions — how it could make the other person feel loved; how they could smile or do kind things to help someone feel better. I was careful to point out that someone can still feel grumpy no matter how we act and it’s not our fault, but I agreed that we should always choose to act kindly anyways.
Finally, I asked them how they would feel about themselves if they chose to “be a rainbow in someone else’s cloudy day?” They were all so excited by the idea — you could tell that just thinking about being kind and spreading love to another person made the kids proud of their power to be kind.
I showed them the poster that I made for our work room and asked if they would also help make some rainbows for the wall to remind us of our promise to “be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”
We’ve always loved our rainbow activities and here’s a little round-up of previous ones that we have enjoyed:
My friend Alyssa also has a cute printable colouring page for grown-ups featuring this quote.