Develop Self-Esteem with Interactive Games

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This quick and easy game helps your child learn to recognize positive qualities in others and gives her the opportunity to hear positive things about herself from others. Giving and receiving compliments is important for all children in developing self-esteem and respect for others. These social skills are especially important for children who are learning disabled or who have other types of learning disabilities.

Catch the Compliment is an easy to learn game that can be played with all ages.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Building Self-Esteem and Appreciation is Fun with This Game - Play as Long or Little as You Like

Here's How:

  1. Gather a selection of soft, lightweight balls for the game. Beach balls, foam balls, and soft playground balls may work best.
  2. In a large, open area (with breakables removed) gather the players into a circle.
  3. Players take turns tossing one ball to different players in the circle. As each toss is made, the tossing player gives the receiving player a compliment.
  4. The receiving player then tosses the ball to someone else, again, giving a compliment as the ball is tossed.
  5. If desired, gradually add more balls as play continues. This will increase the pace and the level of challenge to players as they try to think of compliments to give.
  6. At the end of the game, take time to ask players what was most difficult for them, what was easiest, and what was the funniest thing that happened during the game. Ask players to explain what they had to do to be successful at the game. You will find that listening, looking, thinking, and other skills will be mentioned.

    What You Need:

    • A play space large enough to accommodate the players - breakables removed
    • Various sized soft, lightweight balls

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