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5 Self Esteem Games for Kids Part 2

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5 Self Esteem Games for Kids Part 2

 

 

 

 

 

Self Esteem games are important as it shows children that it is okay to be themselves. Children need room to grow and develop and these five games will help your children bloom and flourish.

Building self esteem is about building uniqueness. These games help your children understand and appreciate their own specialness at any age. All children need is a lot of feedback about their uniqueness. They need to know that whatever things they enjoy doing the most, then that is just fine.









 

1. Magic Words

Magic Words is a great way to turn a frown upside down especially when someone brightens up your day with some nice words to describe you.

Instructions

Write down a list of positive adjectives that might describe someone else. I have provided some words for you to help you start:

Kind, happy, silly, robust, vivacious, dreamy, daring, bold, careful, tough, studious, funny, generous

Once you have done this then have each person, add to your list or make their own. Let your children use their own words to describe that person. Words like rad; awesome, cool, wicked, brilliant might be some of these words.

 

2. Fingers and Toes

Instructions

Place your child’s hands on a piece of paper and outline them. Have your child do the same with your hands, if they are old enough to do this. Now go through old catalogues and magazines and find things you like to do with your hands. Cut out the pictures and paste them around the outlines.

Do the same activity with each of your feet. Outline them on a piece of paper and then find pictures that remind you of things that your own feet like to do or places they like to go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Hero

Instructions

Invite your child to act out the fantasy or true-life hero or heroine of his or her choice. Maybe it is a soccer player who has just kicked a goal in the world cup. Perhaps it is a dad who built a puppet theatre for his kid’s school, and hears a round of “For his a jolly good fellow.”

As a parent, join in with the fantasy. Be the roaring crowd when that goal is kicked and give your child a big hug and lift your child on your shoulders.

4. Check It Out

 

This game often presents some surprises as you may think you know your child really well. This game shows you and your child the values that are strong and meaningful. Expect to be fascinated, surprised and delighted with the responses.

Instructions

Explain to your child that each of you gets to answer your own set of questions on a piece of paper. Afterwards, you’ll compare your answers.

Parent Questions

  • What is your strongest and best characteristic (the one you feel serves you best in life)?

  • What do you think that your child thinks is your best characteristic?

  • What do you think your child thinks is your best characteristic?

  • What do you think is your child’s strongest and best characteristic?

  • What is your best attribute as a parent?

  • What is your daughter’s or son’s best attribute as a daughter or son?

  • What is your weakest characteristic?

  • What is your child’s weakest characteristic?

Your Child’s Questions

  • What is your strongest and best characteristic (the one you feel serves you best in life)?

  • What does your mum think is your best?

  • What is your mother’s strongest characteristic?

  • What do you think she thinks is her strongest characteristic?

  • What is her best attribute as a mother?

  • What is your weakest characteristic?

  • What is your strongest characteristic as a daughter or son?


 
5. We’ve All Got a Name

Young children need practice saying both their first and last names. Adding laughter can make practicing fun.

Instructions

CHANT

We’ve all got a name.

A first and a last.

Tell us your name and we will laugh.

RESPONSE

_____________ _______________ (first and last name)

DIRECTIONS

Share a hearty laugh after the response.

VARIATION

  • Try this chant instead:

We’ve all got a name.

A first and a last.

Tell us your name and we will clap!

Source: Sher, B. (1998) Self-esteem Games: 300 fun activities that make children feel good about themselves. John Wiley and Sons INC: New York.

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