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Building Strong Self-Esteem: Activities That Help Preschoolers Feel Good About Themselves

Preschool is a time of immense growth and development for young children.  As they navigate this new and exciting world, it's important to nurture their developing sense of self-worth.  Here at Nowtech Academy in Pembroke Pines, we believe that activities that promote self-care and self-esteem are essential for every preschooler.

Preschooler smiling proudly holding up a piece of artwork they created.

Why Self-Esteem Matters

Self-esteem is a child's overall sense of worth and well-being.  Preschoolers with strong self-esteem are more confident, resilient, and eager to learn.  They are better able to cope with challenges, make friends, and express themselves creatively.

Fun Activities to Boost Self-Esteem

Here are some engaging activities that you can do at home or in the classroom to help preschoolers feel good about themselves:

  • Mastering a Skill:  Preschoolers love to learn new things!  Provide opportunities for them to practice and master new skills, whether it's building with blocks, pouring juice, or zipping up a coat.  Offer praise and encouragement along the way, but be mindful of over-praising.

  • Expressing Themselves Creatively:  Art, music, dance, and dramatic play are all wonderful ways for preschoolers to express their creativity and individuality.  Provide them with open-ended materials and let their imaginations soar!

  • Choice Time:  Empower preschoolers by giving them choices throughout the day.  This could be something simple like picking out their outfit or choosing a snack.  When children feel like they have control, it builds their confidence and sense of agency.

  • Positive Self-Talk:  Help preschoolers develop a positive inner voice by modeling positive self-talk yourself.  Narrate your actions using encouraging language ("I'm almost done putting on my shoes!").  Help them identify their feelings and label them with appropriate words.

  • Celebrating Achievements (Big and Small!):  Take time to celebrate your preschooler's accomplishments, no matter how big or small.  This could be anything from mastering a new toileting skill to creating a beautiful piece of art.  Recognition reinforces positive behaviors and helps them feel proud of themselves.

  • Acts of Kindness:  Helping others is a great way for preschoolers to feel good about themselves and build empathy.  Encourage them to share their toys, help a classmate pick up their things, or make a card for a friend.

Additional Tips

  • Focus on Effort, Not Just Outcome:  Praise your preschooler's effort and perseverance, not just the end result.  This teaches them that hard work is important, regardless of the outcome.

  • Be a Safe Space:  Create a safe and supportive environment where preschoolers feel comfortable taking risks and making mistakes.

  • Celebrate Differences:  Help preschoolers appreciate their own unique qualities and the differences in others.

By incorporating these activities into your preschooler's day, you can help them develop a strong sense of self-esteem that will set them up for success in school and life.

Preschool in Pembroke Pines

At Nowtech Academy Preschool in Pembroke Pines, we are committed to fostering a positive and nurturing learning environment where all children feel valued and respected.  Our curriculum is designed to promote self-esteem through developmentally appropriate activities that focus on social-emotional learning, creativity, and exploration.  We believe that every child is unique and capable, and we strive to help them reach their full potential.

Contact us today to learn more about our preschool program!

In addition to the activities listed above, here are some other ideas that can be incorporated into a preschool curriculum to promote self-esteem:

  • Circle time activities that encourage introductions, greetings, and sharing.

  • Dramatic play that allows preschoolers to take on different roles and practice social skills.

  • Cooperative learning activities that require preschoolers to work together to achieve a common goal.

  • Self-reflection activities that help preschoolers identify their strengths and weaknesses.

  • Journaling activities that allow preschoolers to express their thoughts and feelings.

By providing preschoolers with a variety of opportunities to build self-esteem, we can help them develop into confident and well-rounded individuals.


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