Confidence games for children

Updated November 21, 2016

Instilling confidence in a child at an early age can prove difficult, especially if the child has an introverted personality type. According to author Robert D. Ramsey, confidence is an integral part of promoting self-esteem. Fostering a child's desire for interpersonal relationships through fun activities is one way to encourage him to be proud of accomplishments and confident in capabilities for success. Games can serve as effective method for conveying the value of self-confidence to children.

Getting to know you

Before this game, interview each child individually. Ask basic questions about favourite foods, colours, seasons and animals. Also ask some deeper questions such as "What do you like best about yourself?" This will help the children think about their answers before the game begins. Then have the children sit in a circle and invite one child at a time to stand up. Direct the other children in guessing her information. If no one guesses correctly, this forces the child to talk about herself. Continue in this manner until all children have been questioned. This game will help children become more confident in talking about their interests in front of others.

What I like about you

This game will help children to build confidence while also learning about compliments and positive feedback. It is similar to musical chairs, except there are no winners or losers. Play a CD with age-appropriate music and ask the children to walk, dance or move in any way they want until the music stops. Tell the children that when the music stops, they must find a partner as quickly as possible and tell that person one thing they like about him. Instruct them to say "thank you" after receiving the compliment. If there is an uneven number of children, the teacher or parent should participate. Keep playing until children have had the opportunity to give and receive several compliments.

Confidence card game

Use index cards to make a deck of "confidence" cards. Write a question or direction on the back of each card, such as "Dance like a chicken" or "What do you like best about summertime?" During the game, children will take turns drawing cards and answering the question or following the direction. There are no winners or losers in this game, so children can continue playing in this manner until all cards have been drawn. You can shuffle the cards and play again so that all children will have the opportunity to draw different cards. This game provides a safe environment for children to express themselves emotionally and physically, thus promoting increased self-confidence.

Feelings game

This game is designed to encourage children to be more confident in sharing their feelings honestly with others. Have children stand in a circle. Assign each child an emotion such as happy, sad, angry or silly. Taking turns going around the circle, ask each child to share a time when he has felt that specific emotion. Then ask the children to consider how they are feeling in the present. Go around the circle again, asking each child to share what he is feeling right now. The game is over when everyone has shared.

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