In this positive self talk for kids activity, students will practice battling their shadow self by reframing negative thoughts and ideas into positive ones.
And honestly, over-thinking, over-analyzing, and creating negative self-talk is often a problem for adults as well. Consider the following text where you are waiting for someone to respond and your brain decides to think the worst:
Texting: Hey! “What are you up to this afternoon?
“Let’s go to this festival downtown!”
Brain thinking: “They’re probably thinking of a way to say no.”
Brain thinking: “I shouldn’t have asked, they’re probably busy.”
Brain thinking: “Even if they say yes, they probably just feel obligated.”
Brain thinking: “Why are you like this?”
This positive self talk for kids worksheet pulls from a scene in Hall of Heroes where a superhero students battle their Shadow Self. When the Shadow Self uses negative self-talk, the student must come up with a stronger, positive thought to overpower it. Examples from the worksheet include:
- “I’m not smart enough”
- “I’m not good at reading”
- “I’m too slow. I’ll never finish this homework on time. “
- “I’ve never done this before and I’m too scared to try”
- “They will not want to be my friend – I’m not even going to try to talk to them.”
And even though these characters and this situation is from our middle school game, this activity can be used with elementary school students.
- Positive Ninja: A Children’s Book About Mindfulness and Managing Negative Emotions and Feelings by Mary Nhin and Jelena Stupar
- How To Be A Positive Kid by Caleb Maddix
- Breathe Like a Bear: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere by Kira Willey and Anni Betts
- I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness by Susan Verde and Peter H. Reynolds