Self-Esteem Building Activities

Instructor: Adrianne Baron

Adrianne has a master's degree in cancer biology and has taught high school and college biology.

You can help your students develop self-esteem through activities designed for the entire class, individual and groups. The activities are great self-esteem builders for older children and adolescents.

Activities for Building Self-Esteem

We all need a healthy view of ourselves and what we can accomplish in life. Having a healthy opinion of yourself is not always easy. This is especially true during the adolescent years when students are trying to figure themselves out.

Doing the following activities with your students will help them to develop a more positive self-esteem and can help with schooling as well as their future endeavors. They will utilize class wide, group and individual activities.

Compliment Cards

Materials: Half sheets of printer paper, pencils or pens

  • Have students organize their chairs and/or desks into one large circle.
  • Pass each student a half sheet of printer paper.
  • Tell the students to write their names on the top of the paper.
  • Explain to your students that they are going to give each other compliments by writing them on the half sheets.
  • Start the process by having your students pass their sheets to the person to the left of them. Give about a minute or two for students to write something.
  • Continue having them pass the sheets and write positive comments on them until they get their papers back.
  • Explain to your students that it is usually easier for others to see the good things in us than it is for us to see them within ourselves. Tell they can read their compliment cards when they feel down or unsure of themselves.

Gratitude Journal

Materials: Printer paper, colored pencils, staples

  • Have students get four sheets of printer paper and colored pencils.
  • Explain to your students that they are going to create a gratitude journal.
  • Tell them to fold the sheets of paper in half and staple them together to create the book.
  • Instruct your students to write at least one positive thing they are grateful for on each paper. (They could also illustrate gratitude instead of writing if they choose.)
  • Once they have completed the gratitude journal, tell your students to take them home and read over them each day.

Vision Board

Materials: Small Poster boards, markers and/or colored pencils, magazines (ones that the students can cut up)

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