Children and Tweens mission activities

Looking for ideas on how to involve children and tweens in mission activities?  Following are some suggestions that are simple and easy to pull together that will help make a difference in people’s lives.  Note that some of these activities can also work well for all ages - even the oldest members of your congregation!
Gather baby items such as diapers, wipes, pacifiers, shampoo, etc. for mothers living in women’s shelters.
Put together Get Well Kits for children who are sick or are in the hospital.  Kits might include books, crayons and coloring books, and stuffed animals.
Visit nursing homes, independent living or assisted living facilities for an afternoon of crafts and games.
Create and send greeting cards to soldiers stationed away from home.
Ask church members for donations of teddy bears.  Spend the day creating tags for each bear and ask the children to write a note on each tag.  Laminate the tags and secure to each bear.  Deliver the bears to a local police or fire station or women’s shelter where the bears can provide comfort to children in crises.
Create an adopt-a-grandparent program where children/tweens can spend time one-on-one with a home bound senior or a senior living in a nursing home or assisted living facility.
Collect non-perishable food items for the local food bank, or help your church create a food pantry for the community.