We absolutely love the Bucket Filling philosophy. We use it in the classroom with the children we teach and also in our everyday lives with our own children. It is an incredibly powerful tool that can spread joy across the world.
This heartwarming book encourages positive behaviour by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show children how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation, and love by “filling buckets.” Readers can better understand that “bucket dipping” is a negative behaviour, not a permanent label. It also explains that it’s possible to fill or dip into our own buckets.
In a nutshell being a Bucket Filler makes us think about how our actions and words make someone feel. It makes us reflect on how others are feeling and what we can do to have a positive effect on others. Filling someones bucket means you are making them feel happy and positive. Filing a bucket can be simply by offering a friendly smile! When you fill someone else's bucket in return your bucket is filled. It is a ripple effect which is incredibly powerful and so important for children to learn.
Teaching children the importance of their actions and words and how they make others feel is an invaluable life long skill. Treating others the way you want to be treated makes us stop and think before we speak and act.
Bucket filling is an incredible action that children of all ages can understand and learn. We have seen the amazing impact it has had on children in the classroom and how it has affected the relationships between students and their teachers and peers. It truly is an incredible tool for teaching children positive behaviours and reflecting on their own behaviour.
In the classroom and at home we talk in buckets. Conversations begin with
" Do you think you are being a Bucket Filler right now?"
" How full do you think her bucket is?"
"What could you do to fill his bucket?"
"That's not being a bucket filler"
"What you are doing is dipping in my bucket and I'm feeling very sad."
The Bucket Filling philosophy really gets children to verbalise their feelings, which is incredible!
Suitable for children aged 3+
Have fun being a Bucket Filler!