Have You Filled A Bucket Today Activities

Have You Filled a Bucket Today activities provide a delightful array of interactive, hands-on exercises, all centered around kindness and empathy. You’ll find activities that foster creativity and critical thinking, as well as help kids think about and relate to the book’s message. Use the activities to help learners internalize what it means to be Bucket Fillers.

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Bucket Filler Activities strengthen children’s literacy skills and inspire creativity. To learn more about kindness, readers sort buckets into filling and dipping categories. Through writing prompts and discussions, they’ll also get to express themselves and reflect on the story’s impact. As well as fostering essential social and fine motor skills, we offer fun, skill-based activities like kindness charades, coloring, and digital book reviews. Each activity invites the child to dive deeper into the heartwarming world of ‘Have You Filled a Bucket Today’ by creating a kindness comic or analyzing a quote.

As a result of the included activities, students will be able to:

  • design a personal bucket.
  • design a kindness superhero. 
  • illustrate parts of the story.
  • sort bucket filling and bucket dipping actions.
  • sort parts of speech – nouns, verbs, adjectives.
  • complete sentence starters related to the story.
  • determine the main idea and details.
  • analyze a story quote.
  • reflect on the story.
  • create a kindness comic.
  • review cause and effects from the story.
  • sort words in alphabetical order.
  • complete a word search.
  • respond to writing prompts.
  • apply writing skills through included writing templates and prompts.
  • apply reading comprehension through included discussion questions for beginning, middle, and end of the book. 
  • engage in social skills through included whole group prompts and activities.
  • develop fine motor skills with the included coloring, cutting, and gluing activities.
  • play a digital book review.
  • play kindness charades – prompts included.
  • create buckets of kindness.

These activities can be used by the whole group, at stations or centers, or provide student choice. They’re perfect for differentiation and focusing on specific learning goals and skills. 

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About the Book

Using a bucket and a dipper metaphor, Carol McCloud shows that when we're kind, we not only fill the buckets of those around us, but also our own! Conversely, when we're mean, we dip into buckets. We fill up or dip into each other's buckets all day long. You make the world a better place when you're a bucket filler! Children, parents, grandparents, teachers and people who want to teach empathy, nurture kindness and create a positive environment in their home, classroom, workplace and community will love this picture book. Buy the book.

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