Bucket Filler Book Review & Activity

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? written by Carol Mc Cloud, is a must have for every teacher, school counselor, and parent. This book is a simple guide to teach children how to share and express good thoughts and kind actions. Practical and realistic ideas on how to be kind are illustrated in this book. In contrast, typical examples of unkind behaviors are also addressed in the book.

Children learn that everyone has an invisible bucket. The purpose of your bucket is to hold your good thoughts and feelings about yourself. Just like others, you feel happy when your bucket is full and you feel sad when your bucket is empty. You need other people to fill your bucket and you have a responsibility to fill other people’s buckets. To fill a bucket, you must say or do something kind. When you fill someone else’s bucket, your bucket also fills up. However, you are considered a bucket dipper when you say or do mean things to others. When you dip into someone else’s bucket, you are also emptying your own bucket.

Great Websites


http://www.teachingheart.net/bucket.html  (three free lessons & downloads)


Bucket Filler Acknowledgement Activity

Spring is the perfect time to introduce a classroom bucket filling challenge.  With the onset of spring fever, many students need a reminder of how to treat others with respect.

Read the book to your students and then challenge each student to be a bucket filler.  Each student will design his or her own bucket using either a plastic cup or styrofoam cup.  Make sure each student writes his or her name on the cup, and encourage each student to be as creative as possible when decorating the cup.  Pass out a few bucket filler acknowledgment forms to each student.  They will be on watch for bucket fillers.  When they see someone filling a bucket, they will fill out a form describing the kind act and place it in the person’s bucket.  At the end of the week read the kind acts out loud.

You may also choose to create a classroom bucket instead of individual buckets.  At the end of the week you may read all of the kind acts out loud to the class.  You may choose to take it a step further and hand out stickers or certificates to each bucket filler.  If you do not want to penalize those who were not recognized as bucket fillers, then make a class bucket filling chart.  After reading each kind act out loud, place a sticker for each kind act on the class chart.  Once the class receives a certain amount of stickers, reward them with an extra five minutes of recess or another appropriate reward.

Bucket Filler Acknowledgement Activity