8 Games to Raise Emotionally Strong Children
As we know, a child’s character is formed in early childhood. Therefore, in order to raise a strong person who is prepared for adult life, it’s extremely important to give them as much attention as possible.
Bright Side has prepared for you 8 fun educational games that can develop great qualities in your children.
I don’t agree with you
The game lies in asking questions about the child’s personal preferences. It would be better if your child plays it not with you but with other children. They should play in pairs. One of them asks, for example, “What book did you read recently?“ They can reply, ”The Ugly Duckling." And the other child should say, “It’s a bad book to read.” The child’s task is to prove that the tale is really good and worth reading.
In short, the questions can be different. This way children learn to defend their point of view and reason confidently.
Each in their own way
This game is also meant for a group of children. Before the game starts, each participant should give a certain task to the leader: sing something, go somewhere, call someone, crow — there are absolutely no restrictions. When everyone comes up with their task and tells the leader what they want, then the game’s rules are explained. They are that every child should do what they told the leader. Those who tried to trick the leader would fall into their own trap. This will teach them to treat the role of a leader seriously and responsibly.
Making up a story
This game perfectly develops imagination. The task given to a child should contain logically unrelated words. Ask the child to create a story out of them. For example: forest, wheel, tea, car, wave, moon, envy, fur, ceiling, snow.
You’ll be surprised at how incredible your child’s imagination is!
Balloon is a wonderful game that will teach children to breathe properly and relax. It will also help you to understand your child better. Give your child a bright balloon, ask them to blow it up, and then slowly release the air back into their mouth, not opening it (as if now it’s the balloon that blows up the child). Then let the air out slowly, as if the balloon’s quietly deflating.
Then you can ask the child to describe when they felt the same, when they couldn’t tolerate something, and when they wanted to pop like an overblown balloon. Thus, you’ll show the child how to calm down in difficult moments and offer solutions to problems. You’ll be able to know what your kid is concerned about and help them overcome their difficulties. And, of course, it’s good lung training.
Blow out a candle
This game also aims to teach deep breathing. Inhale through the nose, inflate the abdomen, and slowly exhale through the mouth as if blowing out a candle. When the child understands all the instructions, sit them down on a chair 2 meters away from a candle on a table.
The child cannot stand up, approach, or even slightly lean toward the candle. They must try to blow out the candle from the distance of 2 meters. The game doesn’t end until the child blows it out.
This is another group exercise. Children sit in a circle and have to say a few kind words to their neighbor whilst looking into their eyes. The neighbor must thank in response and go on to the next player.
Some children find it difficult to come up with or give a compliment: they need help with leading questions or an example of you paying a compliment to someone. Children can learn lots here because paying compliments is an art.
Guess what happened
Find a picture or photograph with some life situation on it, such as rewarding someone with a certificate of appreciation. Ask your child to suggest what preceded this situation and what, in their opinion, might happen next.
This task develops logic and imagination. The more detailed the story is, the better. You can ask leading questions to help.
Create a story
The game is meant for a group of children. Everyone sits in a circle and you — the leader — begin the story with "Once upon a time..." The first child next to you continues the story and so on, with each child adding one sentence. When the turn comes back to you, you can direct the plot of the story in a more logical direction. This exercise amuses children, fascinates them, and, most importantly, makes their imaginations work.