Developing Self Esteem in Kids – Free Kids’ Games Show the Way

Which Kids Games Help Kids Develop Self-Esteem

A child with high self-esteem and a positive self-image is a secure child who makes friends easily, has fewer behavioral problems and usually grows up to be a happy and successful adult. As every psychologist knows, self-esteem is vital for developing social skills and mental health. All kids are born with natural reserves of self-esteem and confidence, but these can be eroded and undermined until you have an insecure and unhappy child who can never believe he’s good enough. Fortunately, there are a number of free kids’ games that can help boost children’s self-esteem and develop a positive outlook. Here they are!

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1. Positive Notes (group game for an even number of players)

You will need – Paper, pens, and tape

Instructions

  • Have players form two circles, an inner and an outer one. The inner circle should be facing the outer one and all the kids should sit across a partner.
  • Give a piece of paper, a piece of tape and a pen to each child and have them write their names on the top of the paper.
  • Ask them to tape the papers to their backs (with help from a partner, if required.)
  • The children in the outer circle get a minute to tell their partner something good about themselves.
  • They sum up the quality in one word and write it down on the paper stuck on their partner’s back.
  • Get them to switch roles and repeat the process. The children in the inner circle now tell their partners something good about themselves and write down one word on their piece of paper.
  • When all the kids are done, have them take the papers off and read aloud all the good things written about them. Take turns so that all the kids can hear the positive things that have been said about each of them.

Children are sure to enjoy this free kids’ game!

2. Blow your Own Horn (group game)

You will need – 1 empty roll of paper towels per player.

Instructions

  • Give each child an empty paper towel roll.
  • Ask all the kids to form a circle and go around the room taking turns to say something good about themselves into the empty paper towel tube bullhorn.
  • Have them clap and cheer after each person has had his turn.
  • Encourage them to just let go of their inhibitions and have a great time.

Free kids’ games such as these can work wonders in spreading positivity around the class and teaching the little ones to appreciate each other. You can also get creative and come up with your very own games to help boost your child’s self-esteem!

Ideas for Fun Learning Games for Kids

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”

― Socrates

We are all looking for fun ways to teach our little ones something new, aren’t we? Curious and restless by nature, kids can be quite a handful to handle. But it is during this phase of their lives that they learn the most, and, as parents, we certainly want to make the most of it.

Here are some fun learning games and activities for kids that will encourage them to use their gray cells and keep the learning going!

Free Learning Games for Kids

Whether at home, in the classroom, or even online, there are umpteen games and activities that you can engage kids with. Here are some easy, hassle-free kids’ learning games:

1.       Paste a Poem

poemWith lots of old magazines, paper, glue, and oodles of fun, this kids’ learning game is going to make a poet of your precious little one!

How to Play: Sit down with the kids and tell them that it’s time to write their very own poem! Well, technically, they won’t be writing it, they’ll be pasting it. Ask them to rummage through all the old magazines and cut out words to form the lines of their poems. Make sure that the lines always end with rhyming words. Watch the kids try out various words to find rhyming ones and then string them into sentences that make sense to complete their masterpieces!

2.       Make Your Own Problems

problemsWho likes problems? Also, aren’t kids always asked to write down solutions to problems? So, what is this about creating problems instead? Well, this fun math learning game turns the typical approach to math on its head and encourages the kids to use all their math knowledge and get creative!

How to Play: Sit the kids down and give them a set of 5 random numbers. Now, depending on the ages of the kids, have them write down the math problem that the numbers can be the answers to. For example, tell kids that their first number is 5. Kids will need to frame a problem that 5 will be the answer to. So, they might come up with ‘2 + 3’ or, if they’re older and have begun to learn their times tables, they might write ‘5 x 1’. For older kids, you can even encourage them to get creative and come up with word problems. Taking the same example, kids can write – “Andy has 8 apples. She gives 3 apples to Mark. How many apples does she have left?”

Simple and interesting, isn’t it?

3.       Letters and Words

letterwordsEncourage kids to learn and use new words with this fun learning game! This game can help younger kids learn different words that start with the same letter and even help them with letter recognition.

How to Play: This game can be played orally or with pencil and paper. Pick a category and a letter and share it with the kids. For example – the category can be ‘things that can be found at home’ and the letter ‘b’. Ask kids to list out all the things that they can think of – bed, ball, bat, etc. Help younger kids sound out words clearly so they can identify which words begin with that letter. Easy and fun, isn’t it?

Learning doesn’t happen only in the classroom. Use your kids’ free time at home to engage them with easy and fun activities that will help them learn something new or practice skills they have already learnt. You can get creative and make your own fun learning games for kids too!