Confidence Building Activities for Kids

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

Kids are often in need of a constant boost, especially when they're young. There are many ways we can help our students increase their confidence through activities. Here are a few examples.

Confidence-Building Activities for Kids

Kids, especially young kids, often lack confidence and self-esteem. Rather than building confidence, classmates can sometimes be detrimental to confidence because of the way they may pick on one another. By completing confidence-building activities at school and having students interact with other kids, this dynamic can be reversed. Here are a few ideas for confidence-building activities appropriate for kids.

Positive Affirmation Activity

There are many types of positive affirmation activities that can have huge benefits for confidence. You can start the process by having students complete a writing prompt answering several questions. Here are a few examples of questions you can use:

  • What are five things you like about yourself?
  • When have you tried hardest or worked hardest?
  • Name something helpful you're done for someone else.
  • What are your strengths?
  • What nice things have you done for your parents or friends recently?
  • What activities would improve your skills?
  • What are you proudest of in your life so far?

After completing this kind of reflection, you can encourage students to build each other's confidence. Have them arrange themselves into a ring. Going around the room, each student should say one positive thing about themselves, and then follow it with one positive thing about the person opposite them in the ring.

This can continue until every student has completed the activity, or it can be extended by having students say something nice about the person to the right of them the last time it was their turn. Not only will this build students' confidence, but it will encourage them to be generous with each other as well and may lead to students increasing each other's confidence more in the future.

Public Speaking Practice Activity

Sometimes public speaking is seen as something that only older kids and adults do. However, the problem with this is that by the time you have to do it, it seems especially scary and hard. The way to combat this is to have students gradually build up their public speaking skills over time.

To start this process, have every student in the class come up with a short presentation on a topic of their choice. It can be anything from an educational topic surrounding something they've learned in class recently, to sharing their interest in Pokémon or computers. The presentation should be of a length appropriate for the student's age. Young students might only have a one-paragraph, super-short presentation to give. However, for this activity it's best to keep it relatively short regardless of age, since it will take a lot of time.

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