Self esteem lapbook – After the creation of the ‘Feelings Lapbook’ I thought I would try and create one for self esteem and this is the result. My idea for this is that this can be built with a child, combining lessons and creativity and craft. Each component can be a lesson or part of a lesson. It is something for the child to take away at the end of your sessions. You could easily fill 4 to 6 lessons with what is in this lapbook. Of course you could create this completely free by using free resources from the website or if you want to reproduce my lapbook then the download is available for purchase here. There are two versions, one in black and white so the child can colour the lettering etc and one in colour where they can just cut and stick.
Onto the resource. The actual lapbook is one sheet of A3 cards folded in at each side. The left flap is 10cm and the right flap is 11.5cm
Included in the self esteem lapbook pack is:
- Name – child writes their name in a colourful way – they could write in bubble writing or decorate it anyway they wish. Why do they like their name? How did they get their name? Do they know of anyone they admire with the same name? Do they have a nickname?
- Picture– either take a photo of the child to stick here or ask them to draw themselves. What do they like about their body? Is there anything they don’t like? What amazing things can they do with their bodies? How do they take care of their bodies? Talk about exercise, eating, drinking, washing, going to doctors if ill etc. What about their minds? How do they keep themselves happy? Content? Relaxed etc.?
- Front cover title – What is self esteem? Do they know? Have a discussion about what having a healthy self esteem is. Make sure they are aware that the things you are going to be working on will help their self esteem.
- Family pocket and hearts – think about their family members and write one on each heart shape. Reinforce that sense of belonging to the child. They belong to their family. They are part of a family. That family maybe an adopted family but they still BELONG. Keep all the family members safe in the little pocket.
- ‘I can’ can – think about all the things the child ‘CAN’ do. Focus on the positive with this activity. What can they do? Think about their school work, their homes, their friends, and anything at all that they can do. It could be the tiniest thing but if they can do it then it is written on the little cards and put into the ‘I can’ can. This can be added to over the time you are working with the child. Tell the teacher to help the child realise what they ‘CAN’ do. Reinforce this at all times.
- Thank you for – Being grateful and thankful can really boost happiness and self esteem so this activity is about thinking of all the things the child is thankful for. Each day there will be something, no matter how small, Are they thankful for family? friends? that they are a fast runner? that they have a lovely home? that they get food everyday? that they are in good health? Focus on being thankful at all times. Write all these things on the little strips and pop into the pocket. Keep adding to this over your sessions.
- Treasure chest – This has several sheets which fold up like a little booklet. The child can decorate their face at the top and you can choose which one to do – there is ‘Things I am proud of’, ‘Things I have achieved’, ‘Things I like about me’, ‘Things I tried hard to do’. You could put anything in the treasure chest that is special and is something to keep safe.
- Wheel – you could use this with the free strength cards on the site or purchase the strength card pack on the site. Look through the strength cards together and ask the child to pick 8 things they are good at. 8 strengths. Obviously they may come up with ones that are not in the pack and that is fine. Write one strength on each section of the wheel. Glue the bottom section to the top of the lapbook and place the top section over it. Punch a hole through the centre and attach with a split pin. The child can move the wheel and remind themselves about how amazing they are.
- Wishes and dreams – Read the story about wishes and dreams by LE Palphreyman and ask the child to think about all their wishes and dreams. Write them on the slips of paper and pop into the pocket to keep them safe. Add to this over your sessions. Thinking about things they wish for will help them focus on goals for the future. Talk about how they can make their wishes and dreams come true. What can they do? What plans can they make?
- Friends – Ask them to pick 4 friends, 4 special friends. Why do they like them? What qualities do they have? Write each friends name on each section of the template. They could draw a picture on the back of each name. Fold up and stick into the lapbook.
- Affirmations – On the back cover there are lots of affirmations to look at and discuss. Read them through to the child and pick one or two to look at in more detail. What do they mean? What does it mean to them? How can they achieve this?
When all your work is finished then they can take away this fantastic resource and remind themselves of the work you have done together. Take lots of photographs for your evidence at each stage of filling in the lapbook. You basically have a full intervention for working one to one with this resources.
You can purchase the download for this from here – Self esteem Lapbook.