Our inner strengths help us navigate the world around us. In times of both joy and hardship, identifying and reflecting on our inner strengths promotes strong resiliency skills, especially in young children.
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Encouraging children to practice identifying their inner strengths can promote feelings of independence, self-regulation, empathy, positive self-image, and other important developmental skills.
Weaknesses are also an important topic to reflect on. Though they can at times be difficult to share, voicing them can help us work through them.
When we talk about our weaknesses, we may discover other individuals with complementing strengths who can offer support. And when we talk about our weaknesses in an open way, it can encourage children to feel comfortable admitting their own weaknesses.
We’ve put together a game that helps to initiate these important conversations. It’s very simple!
Materials to gather:
- PDF game sheet
- 6 popsicle sticks
- Small container or cup to hold the popsicle sticks
Let’s get started
Individually cut out the 6 circular labels on the game sheet PDF and attach one at the end of each popsicle stick.
Place the popsicle sticks, label side up, into a small cup. Set the instruction prompt sheet in a location where all players can access it. You’re ready to play!
Taking turns, each player will close their eyes and select a popsicle stick.
Next, they will match the popsicle with a color-coded prompt and share their thoughts. Tip: If a player is stumped or having trouble sharing, fellow players are encouraged to help out.
Once completed, return the stick and the next player may begin their turn.