Today is World Mental Health Day. Here is a few classroom activities to build each child’s self esteem, to build confidence and to make them aware of the importance of Mental Health.
Activity One: Fuzzy-Feeling Chair
Build students’ self-esteem by encouraging their peers to recognize and comment on their positive traits.
Position the special chair in a special place. You might call the chair the Fuzzy Feeling Chair. Each day, ask a different student to sit in the special chair. The other children in the classroom then take turns saying nice things about the person in the chair. The person in the chair can only say “Thank you!” — nothing else. At the end of the activity, ask the child sitting in the chair how s/he felt when others were saying nice things about him/her.
Over time, students will become accustomed to what it is like to compliment others and to be complimented. They will learn to trust and express their feelings.