Positive self talk is such an important coping strategy for children to help them build resilience, develop confidence and work through issues with self esteem. Children face challengers every single day in the classroom, at home and in sessions with their support professionals (e.g. speech therapy, occupational therapy, etc). This activity has been created as a fun and simulating "hands on" activity to encourage children to be kind to themselves with self talk.
My students work so hard and I can SEE the disappointment on their faces when they come across challenges. It can be truly heart breaking. This activity is has been created to sit on my desk, ready to pull out on these days!
Regular education teachers, special education teachers, SLPs, or other support professionals could all benefit from using these task cards with their students. These cards can be used for students of any age who need some help and support.
Why a craft activity?
Sometimes, students just need a change to keep therapy/lessons fun and stimulating! A lot of my students really enjoy having a "hands on" approach to activities as they feel more involved and put their own personal spin on what they are doing. This also helps to keep them engaged through a whole session! A lot of my students with varying difficulties tend to absolutely love expressing their creative side, too, so they see these fortune tellers as a total win! Plus, the whole purpose is to uplift them, so it's a win-win!
Who remembers fortune tellers at school!? Who remembers how much fun it was to flap the corners as you eagerly wait to find out what answer you land on!? Bring that fun and excitement into your classroom, home or speciality session with this activity!
*This activity can be used for an individual, a small group or a class*.
- Let your student make their own teller! Provide them with the list of ideas and let the child choose the phrases that speak to them, to put in the teller. Colour it in, cut it out and fold it!
- Make one for yourself, too, so the child can see that everyone can benefit from positive self talk.
- Use the finished tellers as a a ‘side activity’ during a board game or other therapy activity to practice positive self talk.
- Have the teller on hand to pull out when you notice the student is struggling, feeling insecure or finding a task difficult.
- Make a photocopy of the child’s finished teller before they fold it, then a second teller for home/the classroom!
Small group and/or classroom ideas:
- Give a copy of the teller template and list of affirmations to each student. Encourage each child to make one and keep it on their desk each day. This will provide a fantastic visual reminder to use self talk!
- Have a ‘moment of positive self talk’ each morning – give the class 5 minutes to use their teller and read aloud their message.
- Go around the room and have each student read aloud the message they received for a positive thinking activity!
What is included in this pack?
- Directions on how to use with individuals/a class, and directions on how to play
- 2x Make it Yourself customisable tellers (students can put their own topics in and color it in themselves)
- 2x ready to use tellers in colour AND black & white
- A list of positive affirmations for your students to pick from if they wish
- Folding directions (with photos!)
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