Self Esteem Activities
by Adelle Walker
Question: I really enjoyed the 2 self esteem activities on your website. I have recently started to run a PSHE group in the primary school that I work as a teaching assistant in. My focus is primarily on self esteem and confidence.
If you could point me in the direction of any other activities that promote self esteem I would be very grateful.
Answer: The activities below are for children in primary school (classes 1 - 4; Age-group 6 - 10)
Activity 1: Ask children what part of themselves do they like the best? Then get them to either draw or write the name of the part on a page. The entries on the page could be their hair, eyes, smile, etc.
Having done this, older children could be asked to enact and show why this part of them is the best.
Activity 2: Collect a set of pictures which shows an adult expressing love to a child. Try and get at least 2 to 3 copies of each picture. Give a set of copies to groups of 5 children. Presumably there are only 10 to 15 pupils in your class. If you have more, make more copies.
Children can then be asked to choose an appropriate (which reflects how they themselves feel loved) picture and paste it on a sheet of paper. They can then be asked to speak about why they chose that picture.
Activity 3: Using self-affirming words: Write a list of self-affirming words on the Black Board. Examples: Happy, Beautiful, Intelligent, Bright, good, honest, liked, strong, courageous, helpful, get the best grades, clean, tidy, punctual, etc.
Get the pupils to pair up and select at least one self-affirmative word (SAW) each. Ensure, that all the words get picked up by one pupil at least.
Pupils then have to use the SAW that they chose and make two sentences one for themselves and one for their partner. Once they have done that they have to share their sentences with their partner.
Then each pair has to stand up and read their affirmations with EXPRESSION!!!!!
In this way, each pair will come up with four affirmations. Make a chart of all the affirmations that all the pairs come up with (only those beginning with the possessive pronoun - I).
Read all the affirmations from the chart and ask the children to repeat after you. As they repeat after you ask them to imagine themselves as being like the affirmations suggest.
Get the children to read from this chart everyday and remember these affirmations. Tell them to believe these affirmations everytime that they repeat it to themselves.
Soon they will behave in accordance with the affirmations. "As a man thinks in his heart so is he" Proverbs 23: 7