This resource contains a variety of 48 different games and activities for 7-11-year-olds to promote self-esteem by working on three crucial areas:
1) The sense of self – This involves knowing who you are, what you like, what you don’t like, what your beliefs are, what you want. Games to build a sense of self include: What can your body do?, Grand hands, What can I hear?, Things to do with fingers and toes, I’ve got a sound right inside of me, End of the day stories, My name is, What can I smell, taste and hear?, We are in line, Pass the smile, Spot the difference, What’s changed?, Big blot, Me and my shadow, Elbow to elbow.
2) The sense of belonging – This is one’s sense of being connected to others. Games to build a sense of belonging include: Acting out nursery rhymes, Rolling logs, Everyone has a turn, Who wants a sandwich?, Love is all around, We are in a jungle, Breathing together, Birds in the air, Tearaway, Hunt the music, Back pictures, Shoe mates, Fire engines, Double action painting.
3) The sense of personal power – This involves having an awareness of the impact you have on what happens around you including that you will be listened to and your views respected. Games to build a sense of personal power include: What am I doing?, The big balloon, Who’s underneath that big hat?, Who’s that saying that?, Pop, pop, popping, I can …, Mirror, mirror on the wall, Simon says … says Simon, Can you spot the bean bag?, Big monsters, Not a sound, Jack and Jill, The dream maker, Flowers and animals, Puffing Billy, High and low are low and high, Stalking, Hunt the thimble, Jigsaws.
As well as boosting self-esteem, the games also promote brain development and can be used in small groups or whole classes.