How to teach kids to do Affirmations in a fun way

positive affirmations

“I’m not good enough.”
“I’ll never be as smart as others.”
“Nobody likes me.”
“I can’t do anything right.”
“I’m always making mistakes.”
“I’m not as cool as other kids.”
“I’ll never be able to do this.”
“I’m ugly/fat/stupid.”
“I’m a failure.””I’ll never be as good as them.”

Children tend to express doubts or criticisms about themselves at times. This can impact their well-being and behaviour negatively. Encouraging positive self-talk could significantly build their resilience nurturing their self-belief and personal growth.

One effective method involves teaching them how to use affirmations. In this blog, we will explore creative methods to incorporate affirmations into children’s routines that are exciting and interactive.

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Crafting Affirmations

Affirmations serve as potent tools that can shape the mindset of kids for good. When kids integrate these positive phrases into their everyday lives; they develop resilience, high self-worth and an optimistic perspective towards life and its journey.

However, for affirmations to work, kids have to first believe in them. Hence, to begin, it is essential to explain affirmations in simple terms that resonate with children.

Describe how affirmations are like positive statements or empowering thoughts that they need to repeat to themselves. Encourage them to understand that these statements have the potential to influence their thoughts and actions positively. Here are some examples to help them craft their affirmations. For example, they can change:

  • I’m not good enough.” To “I’m doing my best.”
  • “I’ll never be as smart as others.” To “I learn things at my own pace.”
  • “Nobody likes me.” To “I have friends who care about me.”
  • “I can’t do anything right.” To “Mistakes help me learn.”
  • “I’m not as cool as other kids.” To “I am unique in my own way.”
  • “I’ll never be able to do this.” To “I’m working on it.”
  • “I’m ugly/fat/stupid.” To “I am who I am.”
  • “I’m a failure.” To “I’m still learning.”
  • “I’ll never be as good as them.” To “I have my own strengths.”

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Consistently repeating these phrases helps children shift from self-criticism to adopting a positive mindset. Below are some fun ways to make that possible and expose them to positive statements daily.

  1. Storytime with Affirmations
  2. Kids love stories. Create a storybook personalised for your child, featuring a character facing challenges similar to your child’s.

    Integrate positive affirmations, showing how the character conquers hurdles using a positive mindset. Encourage your child to participate by repeating the affirmations while reading together.

  3. Arts and Crafts Affirmation Collage
  4. Get kids involved in a creative activity to make learning fun and lasting. Plan an art session where they craft affirmation collages using colourful papers, stickers, and drawings. Let them choose images or phrases that represent their goals and foster positivity. Display these collages prominently as a daily reminder for children to recite their chosen affirmations.

  5. Musical Affirmation Jam Session
  6. Music has a magical ability to captivate young minds while promoting engagement and enjoyment. Transforming affirmations into catchy tunes helps children remember them easily. Together with your child, compose simple songs incorporating their favourite melodies, replacing the lyrics with affirmations. Encourage them to sing along and dance freely while embracing their inner positivity.

  7. Affirmation Treasure Hunt
  8. Make learning an adventure with an affirmation treasure hunt. Craft a trail of clues guiding your child to hidden spots, ending at a treasure chest packed with affirmation cards.  Each card holds a positive statement for them to read aloud before finding the next clue. This activity fosters excitement, and curiosity, and reinforces the importance of affirmations in daily life.

  9. Daily Affirmation Journals
  10. Encourage kids to keep a journal where they write down their chosen affirmations daily. Provide them with colourful pens, stickers, and decorative elements to make them visually appealing.

    Prompt them to reflect on their feelings after reciting their affirmations and encourage gratitude entries alongside these empowering statements. Over time, this practice will instil discipline and self-awareness while fostering a habit of positive thinking.

  11. Mirror mirror on the wall
  12. Transform looking into the mirror into a positive self-talk game. Encourage kids to stand before the mirror and repeat affirming statements after you, starting with, “Mirror, mirror on the wall.” Guide them to say empowering phrases like, “I’m smart, I’m kind, and I’ll have an awesome day!” For example: “Mirror, mirror on the wall, I’m awesome and stand tall!”

    It is a fun way for them to learn the strength of positive words and self-perception beyond appearance. 

  13. Sing it
  14. Encourage your child to turn affirmations into songs to make them memorable.

    They could take a tune they enjoy and replace the lyrics with their affirmations or create a completely new melody. Having a go-to one-liner for moments when they need a confidence boost is a fantastic strategy.

  15. Create an affirmation jar
  16. Using visualisation is a powerful strategy to introduce affirmations to kids. Help them create an affirmation jar using drawings, stickers, pictures, and words that colourfully describe their positive beliefs.

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Have them decorate a jar with the words “I am” and then fill it with all the visual affirmations they have created.  Each day, they can pull out a note from the jar for a quick self-confidence boost. The tool encourages children to ponder over empowering statements, fostering self-confidence and a positive outlook on life each day.

Instilling the knowledge of using affirmations in children through fun activities is a priceless strategy that empowers them to thrive throughout their future endeavours. Remember to adapt these strategies according to your child’s age and interests for maximum impact. Empowering kids with the knowledge of affirmations creates a strong foundation for personal growth, emotional well-being, and overall happiness as they navigate through life’s challenges with optimism.

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