Kids love arts and crafts and what better way to spend a rainy day than with art activities to build self-esteem in kids! I know my daughter is always wanting to draw pictures and create things, so this is a fun way to make sure she knows how special she is as well. Some of these are actually great works of art from your kids you will want to display when done!
Art Activities to Build Self-esteem in Kids
‘I Can’ cans: Start saving empty coffee cans, or baby formula cans (if you have those, like I do). Wrap them in white paper and let your kids decorate them how they want. Or don’t wrap them and let them choose a color paper or patterned paper. The idea is that once decorated, they write on slips of paper all of the things they can do. It is a good reminder when they are having a bad day, that they can dothings.
Mutual Complimenting: This is fun to do together. You need 2 pieces of paper, one with giant bubble letters that says ‘ME’ and the other that says ‘my GIRL’. With a bunch of different colors on hand, whether they be markers, crayons or pens, you will write 5 things you like about your daughter on the ‘my GIRL’ paper and she will write 5 things she likes about you on the ‘ME’ paper. Then you swap and write 5 things you like about yourself and she does the same. You will learn a lot about what your daughter loves about you! It is a great time to open up conversation as well.
Hand tracing: Usually when you trace a child’s hand you turn it into a turkey for Thanksgiving. Not this time. It is the perfect object for a child to write all the things she loves about herself and who she is. Trace her hand, in the center write ‘I am’ and then in the fingers, she writes what she is and what she is good at! Then she can color it. Put it up on the fridge so she can see it everyday!
Rainbow compliments: I love this because it is so colorful, and a real piece of art! You need white paper, and then colored construction paper (for the rainbow part). Cut the white paper into a cloud shape, and she puts her name on it, make it fun colors! Then cut the colored paper into strips, and she is going to write good things about herself on them. Once she is done, you can put this together one of two ways; paste the colored strips so they come out of the top of the cloud, or do the opposite and paste them to the bottom. It won’t be in your ‘typical’ rainbow shape, but look like rays of colorful sunshine coming from a cloud.
Blooming self-esteem: Again, you want your construction paper. You are going to cut out petals (7 should work) and then a yellow center. You will need green for the stem, and 2 leaves. On the petals, have your child write things she likes about herself, and on the leaves too. A blue background (a full sheet of paper) would be beautiful to display her flower on!
I love to arts and crafts with my daughter, so what better way to tie in a self-esteem booster. Chances have it you already have everything you need on hand, so it’s not like you are making a special trip to the store, just special memories and moments.