Trust Exercises for Children

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Teaching children to trust each other can be a great way to build a strong community. The activities in this lesson are designed to help children build trust.

Why Trust Exercises?

Not all children naturally trust one another - or themselves! When working with a group of children, whether it's in a classroom or a less formal environment, it can be really helpful to incorporate some activities that help build a sense of trust and awareness of their community. It is one thing to tell children they should trust each other, but it's another thing entirely to show them, through active engagement, just how trust can play out in a community setting.

Trust exercises often require children to take minor risks, but still stay within their comfort zone, so that they can begin to feel increasingly safe as part of a community. If you are going to do trust exercises with children, make sure everyone in the group feels comfortable participating, and leave time after each activity to debrief and process what they've learned. Here are some ideas for building trust in your students.

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