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Self-Esteem Games for Kids

By Michelle Bolyn ; Updated June 13, 2017

A child’s self-esteem is affected by his parents, teachers, coaches, siblings and peers. Kids Health reports that self-esteem is important, because a high self-esteem helps a child respect himself, feel proud and try new things. Adults can impact childrens' self-esteem by involving them in different games that improve their confidence.

Compliment Them

Kids Health reports that parents and teachers can help boost childrens' self-esteem by encouraging them to give themselves compliments. Parents can make a game related to giving compliments and play it after dinner. Give each family member three pieces of paper and instruct all family members to write down three compliments to themselves. Place the compliments inside of a hat, bag or box. Let each family pull one compliment out, read it aloud and guess the family member who wrote the compliment. Continue taking turns until each compliment has been read. By encouraging a child to recognize the positive aspects of herself, you’ll help improve her confidence.

Make Up Positive Commercials

Education World describes an activity to increase students’ self-esteem where the students make up commercials in which they promote themselves to employers. Middle school and high school teachers can use this idea to encourage their students to focus on their positive attributes. Elementary school teachers could change this activity to be age-appropriate by having each of the students make commercials of why they make a good friend.

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Give Them a Recipe for Self-Esteem

Teachers and parents can help children learn more about self-esteem and confidence by asking them to compile a recipe for good self-esteem. Teachers could have a lesson plan in which they describe what self-esteem and confidence are and what influences these things. Then they could ask each student to write their own recipe for a good self-esteem. Instruct the students to list ingredients for a healthy self-esteem and a write paragraph on how they have to combine the ingredients. Ask questions such as "What ingredient comes first?" and "What ingredient do you need the most of in the recipe?"

Include Them in Your Uplifting Circle

If you're a coach or teacher, gather your students in a circle. You should join the circle and hold a soft ball, rolled up sock or bean bag in your hand. Tell the children that their going to play a game called, "Uplifting Circle." Let them know that you're going to start the game by calling out one child's name, passing the ball to that child and then saying something uplifting to that child. That child will then mimic the process by throwing the ball to another child in the circle. Remind every child that they must say something positive. The only other rule of the game is that you can't pass the ball to someone who has already had it. End the game once every child has received positive praise.

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