Approximately 43,250 women will die from breast cancer this year, according to Cancer.org. Those who are hit the hardest are often children. Breast cancer is difficult for some to fathom due to their age. As such, it’s crucial that breast cancer awareness activities for kids be engaged. These activities will help children comprehend just what is going on in a way they can understand.
1. Organize a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk-A-Thon: Kids Obtain a Hands-On Experience of Giving
By hosting a walkathon, your children will learn much about how fundraisers work. Walkathons can help children learn organizational skills, inform them about the topic, in this case breast cancer awareness, as well as showing them that helping others is not only the right thing to do, but you can have fun doing it! To get a better idea of just what a walkathon is and does, checkout the Pink Ribbon Walk.
As you can see, walkathons have been around for decades, and they are a great way to bring breast cancer awareness to the public. How do they work? It’s simple, people pledge a certain amount of money for each mile you walk. For instance, if your Auntie Mae pledged $1.00 for each mile walked, and you walked 5 miles, Auntie Mae would then give you $5.00. That $5.00 would then be donated to the breast cancer charity of your choice.
You can keep this a small affair, or you can make it larger. This pamphlet by People Power Movement is a great help when you’re searching for new ideas. One final thing, in order to have a breast cancer awareness walkathon, you’ll need to have forms where people pledge their amount per mile, plus contact information. Note that there are plenty of walkathon templates available online for you to download so you won’t have to create one yourself.
2. Collect for a Donation: Kids Learn the Power of Giving
Another beneficial and fun breast cancer awareness activity for kids is to collect donations for a breast cancer charity of their choice. Once the donations are collected, they can then give them to the charity. By collecting donations, children will learn the power of giving and how no amount is too small.
What you’ll need:
- Treat bags or small cardboard boxes to decorate
- Decorative supplies: Pink foamies, small flowers, etc.
- Scribbles 3D Pink Fabric Paint
- Small suckers or candies (optional)
Once you have the charity of your choice selected, it’s time to make the collection bags or boxes. These are what you’ll collect the donations in. First, get all of your supplies together. Once your supplies are in front of you, it’s time to decorate your bags as you see fit.
Foamies are self-stick. so you just need to adhere them to the bags. Use Scribbles Dimensional Fabric Paint to draw and write on the bag. You can glue flowers and pink ribbons on the bag as well.
Let your imagination be your guide. Enjoy yourselves as you decorate your bags. When dried, take the bags and visit family members and neighbors to collect your donations! If you’d like, you can gift each donor with a trinket like a breast cancer awareness ribbon or a lollypop as a ‘thank you’ for their donation.
3. Design an Autograph Sweatshirt: A Keepsake to Keep You Warm
Good vibes are at the top of the list with this craft. The purpose of this breast awareness activity is to collect signatures from those who are close to the patient. By doing this, they’ll always have a reminder of how many people love and care for them. In other words, this craft project not only keeps the wearer warm during chilly nights, but also help to warm their heart knowing how much they are loved.
What you’ll need:
- Scribbles 3D Fabric Paint
- 1 sweatshirt
- Craft gems (optional)
So, as you’ve gathered, you are to choose a sweatshirt to have signed and decorated. A pink sweatshirt would be best as it’s in keeping with the theme of breast cancer awareness. Next, visit people who are close to the breast cancer patient and have them sign the shirt with a Sharpie. Suggest that they leave a message of love and positivity along with their signatures.
Once it’s signed, it’s time for you to decorate it! You can use Scribbles 3D Fabric Paint to draw hearts. You can also add craft gems to the shirt, using the fabric paint to fix them to the shirt. Once it’s all signed and decorated, present this gift of love and positivity to the receiver.
4. Story Time: A Great Way to Educate Children About Breast Cancer
As most parents and educators know, reading to kids carries with it many benefits. By hosting story times, children can become aware of critical life events without feeling that they are being preached to. Discussions can open up a dialogue between kids and their parents about breast cancer which can make it easier for kids to cope in such situations. After all, it’s a frightening thing to learn that a mom, sister, friend or relative is dealing with cancer. To help you find some books we’ve given you a few titles that you may find useful:
5. Decorate a Breast Cancer Awareness Tree: Bringing Beauty, Light and Love into the Home Year Around
Breast cancer awareness should be something we celebrate all year, and nothing says that better than decorating a breast cancer awareness tree! Did you know that there’s a trend where some people keep their Christmas trees up year around, changing the theme to suite the time of year? Yes, that’s true. As you can see here, people have transformed their Christmas trees into Valentines day trees, Halloween trees, Easter trees and so on.
There are also people who have created breast cancer awareness trees in their homes! These trees are often done in pinks, lavenders and creams. Ornaments, bows, lights and garlands. Many of the ornaments are decorated with the breast cancer awareness theme as well. Most kids love to decorate Christmas trees and create ornaments for the tree, and this is why creating such a tree is a terrific breast cancer awareness activity for kids to enjoy. In other words, they can not just decorate the tree, but they can design the decorations themselves!
6. Get the Kids to Hold a Breast Cancer Awareness Carwash
This one’s for the older kids in the family, although young ones can help out as well. One of the more enjoyable breast cancer awareness activities for kids, a carwash is a mix of gaining money for charity, fellowship and having a rocking good time. There is a warning though, while it looks like heaps of good fun, it does take some organizational skills to get it rolling. First, you’ll have to choose a time when people will be available to attend the car wash. This will most likely be on the weekend. Second, you need to scout for a suitable location, one that can handle the crowds of people, lots of soapy water, a place to hook up hoses and of course, cars. Finally, have an online signup sheet for volunteers.
Once you get that straightened out, it’s time to print up the flyers! While you can have them done professionally, as this is a charity you’re going to want to save as much money as possible, so consider downloading flyer templates instead, Canva has some nice ones. Keep in mind that all of this prep work has to be done at least a week before the carwash. This is because you will need time to advertise the carwash. Once this is completed, you’ll need a sturdy cashbox and trusted volunteer to handle the money. Also, depending on how long the carwash is, you may need to divide your volunteers up in to shifts. Finally, have plenty of refreshments on hand for your volunteers and guests to enjoy, especially if it’s a hot day.
7. Put a Large Pink Bow(s) Around a Tree(s)
Way back in 1992, a woman named Evelyn Laudler worked with Estee Lauder Company’s breast cancer campaign. It was here that the pink ribbon was created in an effort to bring breast cancer awareness to the public. Today, the practice is still in play, and that’s what this activity is all about.
What you’ll need:
- 3 inch wide, or more of pink ribbon. Get as many reels as you think you’ll need, you can always get more
Once you have your supplies, it’s time to go outside and wrap some breast cancer awareness ribbons around a tree or two. There’s no secret skill here, you’re just tying ribbons around trees, sealing it off with nice bows. When you’re done with your yard, you can see if any neighbors or business establishments would mind if you would do the same to their trees.
8. Decorate Breast Cancer Awareness Sneakers
People undergoing breast cancer treatment often suffer debilitating side effects. Chemotherapy is designed to kill cancer cells. However, that also means that these powerful drugs can also kill healthy cells. That being said, any comfort afforded the patient is deeply needed and appreciated. That’s what makes this breast awareness activity for kids so important. In this activity, you’re going to look for shoes known for providing their wearers comfort. That’s right, not any shoe will do. You really need to find a pair that are solid and comfortable. Once you have your shoes, then it’s time to decorate them. So let’s get to it.
What you’ll need:
- Scribbles Fabric Paint in shades of pink
- Set of craft brushes
- Glitter (optional)
- Fabric markers
While it might be tempting to paint used sneakers, we advise against it since those shoes were broken in and used by someone else. New shoes will be broken in by the patient and offer a much better feel for them in the long run. Before you paint, check the shoes for any loose dust, hairs or fibers. If you find them, just brush them away. As you begin to paint, allow your imagination be your guide. Scribbles 3D Fabric Paint allows you to make raised dots and lines which can then be colored in with fabric markers. Finally, don’t forget the laces! You can color and decorate them as well.
9. Make Pink Candy Apples: A Tasty Breast Cancer Awareness Activity for Kids
Candy apples aren’t just for Halloween any more, no indeed. Today, we can nibble on candy apples all year if we like, thanks to all the delish candy apple recipes on the internet. Kids will really enjoy both making and eating this activity. So batten down the hatches, and let’s get right on to it!
What you’ll need:
- 1 or more packages of Wilton’s pink candy melts
- 1 package of craft popsicle sticks
- Decorations: Your choice, piping gel, sprinkles, chopped nuts, whatever you want
First, gather all your materials. Second, melt the Wilton candy melts in accordance to package directions. Next, proceed to place sticks inside each apple. Once that’s done, you can dip each apple in the pink candy melts. Place each apple on wax paper and decorate if you like. You don’t have to decorate them, as they are shiny pink pretty even without embellishments.Let the apples set before eating. You can also place them in the refrigerator to allow them to set if you like.
10. Bowling Fundraisers: Getting Together to Have Some and Celebrate Life
For some, bowling might seem a little out-dated. However, there are still many people who enjoy bowling as both a pastime and sport. Therefore, in the spirit of friendship, healing and positivity, let’s go and hit the lanes for an old-fashioned fundraiser. When it comes to starting a bowling fundraiser, you’ll need to rent time in a bowling alley. If the bowling alley is on the large side, you might not have to rent a time, but talk to the manager about reserving a few lanes.
Once you get the alley sorted out, it’s time to spread the word about the fundraiser. This means getting your flyers ready, and any volunteers you think you’ll need. If you are collecting cash on site, remember to get a sturdy cashbox. The nice thing about a bowling fundraiser is the amount of flexibility you have. From bake sales, popcorn to raffle tickets, your bowling fundraiser can use to help add funds. For more ideas, visit this fundraising site.