Self esteem activities for toddlers

Self-Esteem Activities for Toddlers – Easy, Confidence-Building Ideas

Last Updated on May 29, 2021.

Is your toddler struggling with low self-esteem? You can help them develop strong self-worth with these easy confidence-building self-esteem activities for toddlers!


Children naturally want to be a valuable part of the family. That’s why kids love to play with brooms and wash their toys in the sink! Give kids meaningful duties around the house and you’ll watch their confidence and self-worth soar. 

Cooking or Baking

Making food for other people is like giving love. And when they can follow simple recipes to turn basic ingredients into delicious meals and treats, they’ll feel great about themselves! They are able to make amazing food and can offer it as a gift to their loved ones. 

Simple Science Experiments

Science is exciting. Following simple science experience to achieve cool outcomes gives kids a sense of accomplishment. These achievements can translate into positive self-esteem.

Creating Handmade Thank You Cards

Research has indicated that people who are grateful also exhibit higher self-esteem. When you express how other people have helped you, or positive things about your life, you develop a strong sense of self-worth. Making handmade gratitude cards is one of the best self-esteem activities for toddlers.

Practice Positive Affirmation

You have the ability to change your inner voice through positive affirmations. Try using positive affirmations that will help you develop a growth mindset.

Using “I Can” Statements

Make a habit of verbally expressing accomplishments. Saying it outloud imprints it in your child’s brain. Any time they learn a new skill, have them tell you what they can do. “I can swing by myself!” and “I can color in the lines!” can go a long way to building your child’s confidence.

Using the Power of “Yet”

Help toddlers get in the habit of using the word “yet” any time they say “I can’t”. The word “yet” has tremendous power in helping kids develop a growth mindset. For example, instead of “I can’t write my name”, help your toddler by encouraging them to say “I can’t write my name YET!” Using the word “yet” inherently implies that eventually, they will be able to do this task.

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