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!
1. Positive Notes (group game for an even number of players)
You will need – Paper, pens, and tape
- 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.
- 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!