search aussie childcare network

Have You Filled A Bucket Today - Free Story On Kindness For Preschoolers

  • Written by 
  • Print
Have You Filled A Bucket Today - Free Story On Kindness For Preschoolers

Have You Filled A Bucket Today is a free story that children can download and read. This story talks to young children about being kind using a simple analogy to teach young children about kindness. Everybody has invisible buckets from birth. We experience happiness when our bucket is full and sadness when it is empty. When we contribute to others' buckets being filled, the magic begins. 

About The Story 

While using a simple metaphor of a bucket and a dipper, author Carol McCloud illustrates that when we choose to be kind, we not only fill the buckets of those around us but also fill our OWN bucket! Conversely, when we choose to say or do mean things, we are dipping into buckets. All day long, we are either filling up or dipping into each other's buckets by what we say and what we do. When you're a bucket filler, you make the world a better place!

This story teaches young children valuable lessons about giving, sharing, and caring. Showing kindness and appreciation for others goes a long way to making this world a happier place for everyone, including ourselves. 

This 32-page picture book is perfect for teaching empathy, nurturing kindness and creating a positive environment for children. 

Click the link to download the story for FREE: Have You Filled A Bucket Today?

Extension Of Learning Experiences

Throughout the story,  simple bucket-filling actions are demonstrated that are simple for young children to understand: 

  • Saying please and thank you
  • Sharing toys
  • Smiling at others
  • Looking after a pet


The most significant lesson is that kindness fills buckets, and when we fill ours with kindness, our buckets fill up too.

Talk to children about ways to show love and care. You might ask questions like

  • How do you feel when your bucket is full?
  • Who fills your bucket?
  • What can we do to show kindness today?
  • How can we fill (the friend's name) bucket?

Keep The Bucket Kindness Going Each Day

  • Each morning ask, “How will you fill a bucket today?”
  • In the evening mention some ways you witnessed your child being kind.
  • If your child is crying or acting out, ask, “Does your bucket need filling? Can I help?” and offer a hug.

This book offers an ideal opportunity to discuss the influence of kindness and our words and deeds on other people. The invisible bucket idea seems to resonate particularly well with kids, who rapidly pick up on how it all works. Most kids, I've discovered, adore the thought of filling buckets.

Fun With Mama

Created On February 2, 2024 Last modified on Saturday, February 3, 2024
Child Care Documentation App

© 2009-2024 Aussie Childcare Network Pty Ltd. All Rights Reserved.