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COMPLIMENT CARDS OR BOOKMARKS Positive Affirmations Coloring Pages

Grade Levels
1st - 3rd, Homeschool
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40 pages
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Need a quick friendship activity for World Compliments Day? These compliments bookmarks with positive suggestions are engaging growth mindset coloring pages that reinforce positive character traits.

Each bookmark has a kindness quote that compliments the recipient. Teaching kids to give compliments can be a wonderful classroom management tools as it boosts self-esteem and confidence while fostering social skills and friendship.

Teachers can use the ready-to-use printer-friendly color bookmarks to affirm students during morning meetings or as a positive reinforcement tool. Include the outlines in your calm down corner for kids to color in or use as a mindfulness activity when you need to calm anxious, restless, or angry students.

➡️ Here's how one teacher used them:
"I actually printed all of these bookmarks and stapled them to a bulletin board. The students pulled them off and shared them with someone else in the class. They were gone in a few minutes and they wanted to continue it for the rest of the week. Such an important topic! Thank you." - JoAnn, 4th grade teacher

If you're wondering how compliments can help in your classroom, consider the following story.

Chris Ulmer is a special education teacher at Keystone Academy in Jacksonville, Florida. He spent 10 minutes each day complimenting and affirming his students. Within 3 weeks, he had completely changed the culture of his classroom. His students started naturally following his example and now routinely compliment and praise one another. Mr. Chris’ students actively help and never insult one another.

These compliments bookmarks can help students to:

  • believe in themselves
  • show kindness towards others
  • nurture friendships
  • be positive
  • include others
  • be proud of their achievements
  • appreciate and love themselves as they are
  • talk about their feelings
  • use their words
  • breathe or count when they’re angry or anxious
  • be helpful and considerate
  • enjoy learning more
  • try harder
  • forgive people who have hurt them
  • be brave enough to try something new
  • be a good person
  • try something new

Use the bookmarks as incentives in the classroom. Take our kindness challenge and leave colored bookmarks with personal messages in books in the library as a thoughtful surprise for a lender.

Use the sayings on the bookmarks to start conversations around kindness, caring, respect, and self-belief.

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This resource includes

  • 51 ready to use printer-friendly color bookmarks
  • 51 black outline bookmarks to print on colored card or for students to color in
  • 9 outlined border templates for students to make their own bookmarks
  • Teacher instructions and information about how to give a compliment

How to Use

  • Students can select a person they’d like to compliment or you can allocate a person to each student to ensure everyone receives one. They find a bookmark that expresses what they’d like to say and color it. Their compliment can be given to the person directly, left on their desk or popped in their school bag to find later.
  • The next time you use the bookmarks, you might like to print out the blank templates (just frames) for students to make their own. Talk to them about what a compliment is and is not and brainstorm some ideas before having them get started on their artwork.
  • Another way to use the bookmarks is to put them in books at the library. This way, unsuspecting lenders will discover a surprise as they read their book. You may like to print more generic bookmarks for this activity.
  • You’ll notice there are colored bookmarks as well as outlines for student to color in. You can use the ready-to-use color version to give to your students when you would like to compliment them on an achievement or just for being awesome.
  • Include black outline bookmarks in calm-down corners as a mindfulness activity.
  • Nurture creativity and self-expression through coloring. Include a hand-written note or poem on the back. 
  • Use coloring activities to enhance fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

* You will need Acrobat 7.0 or later - please contact me if you require an earlier version.

This resource complements our whole school, evidence-based SEL curriculum promoting kindness and mindfulness. Please check it out on our website.


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