This self esteem talking activity for children proved to be just what we needed to get them talking (and to bed quicker!).
My middlest has been a bit fascinated with paper folding lately (read I keep getting pelted with aeroplanes). I’ve been wondering why they only want to tell me about their day when it’s past their bedtime. These two things have combined to make these retro talking “fortune tellers”. At least I think that is what we used to call them in the 80s?!?
So here is the plan….
- They spell out the colour (with help) of their chosen letter/shape or simply count for the numbers, moving the “fortune teller” each time (see stories!).
- They can do this as many times as you like! Eventually they pick a colour and look inside to get a word to talk about.
- I have put anything that offers opportunity to open up under “blue”. I didn’t want to explicitly say “worries” etc (I don’t want them to think that there is always something to worry about…even though I can normally find something!).
- Anything that is directly about singing their own praises and self esteem I have put under pink!
- More doing, hearing, talking things have gone under yellow and green. Obviously there will be overlap but it makes it easier to make sure that they get chance to say how wonderful they are and also to talk about anything that has bothered them.
Self Esteem Talking Activity – the words I used
Here are my words…(I have made three “fortune tellers” because I don’t want it to become about sharing. I will get them to swap them round though as they ave different words.
- Pink; proud, kind, friendly, thoughtful, gentle, determined
- Blue; thoughts, feelings, surprise, story, my day, playtime
- Green; did, saw, said, happened, watched, learnt
- Yellow; friends, lunchtime, hometime, made, ate, drank
I plan to tell them that I have made them something for bedtime to speed up the process, but you could do it at any time of day I’m sure.
If you want a reminder re making the fortune teller (or indeed if this craze escaped you!…), I have put some pictures below 🙂
If you like this self esteem talking activity maybe pop and take a look at message in a bottle or your little crackers which offer two other ideas for boosting esteem and celebrating our little peoples’ achievements 🙂