Make index cards with each card having the name of one kid. Now place all the index cards in a container of sort. Pass the container around the room. Each kid picks out one card and then makes a list of all those qualities that they like in the kid whose name they have picked out. Make it clear that there has to be no negativity of any sort. Once all the kids have made a list, let them hand it over to you. You can read out the qualities that have been mentioned by the peers of the kid. This can have quite an uplifting effect on the child.
Another game that can be used to improve a child’s image of oneself is to get them to maintain a daily diary. At each day’s end, ask the child to list out one quality about themselves that they love. They can do this by creating a story or making a drawing; just ensure that the process is creative in nature. Continue this practice for at least thirty days. At the end of the month ask the child to go through the diary to bring their attention to all those qualities in them that they were unaware of. Help them realize their different good points.
In order to raise their own self-esteem, it is important that the kids are aware of what self-esteem is. Have a discussion on self-esteem and confidence in class. Also talk about different self-esteem building activities. Ask each child to write down what is the best recipe, according to them, for good self-esteem. Ask them to write this like they would write a recipe for a food item. List out the ingredients and provide the directions. This will engage their mind and force them to think about how they can better their own self-esteem.
One of the best group activities to build self-esteem is a game where you take up roles in the society that are very different from who you are in your everyday life. Each person in the group takes up a role that they have always wanted to, like that of a movie star, or a political leader, or even a teacher. The difference lies in the fact that the rest of the group, decides by anonymous voting, which role you should be assigned. Your job would be to convince the group why you are the best person for the job. Focus on all those qualities that make you the best person for the job by focusing on your best skills.
As a kid you have a lot of dreams and ambitions. As we grow older, we tend to believe ourselves to be incapable of achieving these goals. This is one of those games that will help you believe otherwise. Create a dream diary that is representative of all those things that you have wanted in your life. Your goals, your dream car, your dream mansion. Let everything be a part of the dream book and then work towards converting this into reality. Look at them practically and list down the steps that will help you achieve these goals.