Positive Affirmations for Children

Positive affirmations for children (and mantras) are terrific tools that children can use to support themselves. They help them develop a healthy sense of self as well as a positive mental-social-emotional mindset.

Positive affirmations for children (and mantras) are terrific tools that children can use to support themselves. They help them develop a healthy sense of self as well as a positive mental-social-emotional mindset.

What are Positive Affirmations for Children?

Affirmations are short; positive “I am” statements that call you into an intentional way of being.  They should be accompanied by a visual image and inspire visceral sensations.   When you use an affirmation, you should experience yourself as you are declaring.

What are Mantras for Kids?

Mantras for children are words, sounds, statements or slogans repeated frequently as a way to attune with an intentional energy or quality.

Affirmations and Mantras Change How We Feel

Affirmations become mantras for children when they are repeated over and over to oneself, out loud or silently.  They change how we feel by aligning and attuning body, mind, and heart around a life-enhancing aspiration.  In other words, affirmations are another technique for kids to use to set themselves up for doing their best and feeling good about their efforts.

Affirmations help children understand that, like the food they eat, the thoughts they think also shape how they feel and behave.

All of the body-mind self-care tools in our self-regulation flash card set include a poem to be chanted while doing the activity.  The words of the chant support children in remembering how to do the exercise and call them into a new way of being. When repeated, the practice and the shift in feeling become an embodied habit.

How to Teach Positive Affirmations for Children

Teach Children to Notice

In using positive affirmations for children, it’s important to encourage them to first notice if there are any repetitive thoughts already going on.  Explain to the children that repetitive thoughts are like playing a song over and over in their heads.

Ask children how they listen to music. What happens when they want to change the song they are listening to? Do they skip to a new song, download a new song or change the radio station?

Discuss how your inner voice works. We all have negative thoughts or “songs” we hear inside our head sometimes. Maybe we think we are not good at something or we feel sad. Other times we have positive thoughts or “songs” we hear with our inner voice that help us to achieve our goals or feel happy.

If they are playing fearful, negative “songs” such as: I can’t do this. I’m afraid. I’’m not good enough. I’m ugly. I’m stupid. Then, of course, they will feel self-doubt, anxiety or anger.  And, if that’s how they are seeing themselves, of course, they will have a hard time seeing the good in the people and events around them.

Acknowledge if this is going on and let kids know that it’s normal and that everyone deals with those voices.

Positive Affirmation for Children Free Printables

Encourage Children to Change the Negative Songs!

Explain to the children that you can change your inner voice and that you are going to imagine changing your inner voice. Just like we change the song we are listening to, we can also change our negative thoughts to positive thoughts. Positive self-talk can help us to achieve a positive mindset.

Ask the children to think of a negative thought or “song” that they have in the mind or had in the mind at one time. Invite them to change the music.  Lead everyone in miming to teach the children how to change the “songs”.

Encourage them to pretend to change the radio station or access a new playlist that plays lyrics such as:

I am healthy and strong.
I am confident and capable.
I learn best at my own pace.
I am safe.
I am loved.

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Teach Visualization

It’s empowering for children to act out physically what they are choosing to do mentally. This allows them to disengage with negative thinking and attune instead to a positive affirmation.  Practice not only saying the positive affirmation but also visualizing themselves completing the goal they have set in a positive, successful manner.

As they repeat the affirmation to themselves, coach them to see themselves that way –  reading well, climbing to the top of the jungle gym, making friends, etc. Give them time to notice how imagining it allows them to also feel it in their whole being.

If you need a picture book to supplement the lesson on positive affirmations for children, check out the beautifully illustrated affirmations for young children I Believe in Me by Connie Bowen According to early childhood educator, Leah Kalish, when she was first teaching, it inspired her to use affirmations and visualizations with her students daily. Very quickly, she noticed the beneficial impact on attitudes, behavior choices, and the ability to self-regulate.

Add Movement to Further Encourage Positive Affirmations for Children

Combine positive affirmations for kids and proprioceptive input with The Positive Path.  Children can jump along the path or do wall push-ups while they read words of encouragement.

Combine positive affirmations for kids and proprioceptive input with The Positive Path.  Children can jump along the path or do wall push-ups while they read words of encouragement.  Students can benefit from proprioceptive input to help get their bodies ready to learn.

Using the power of positive thinking with daily affirmations and physical activity can help students get their brain and bodies ready to tackle the school day.  FIND OUT MORE.

Add Drawing and Writing to Encourage Positive Affirmations for Children – FREE PRINTABLES

If you want to further expand your lesson on positive affirmations, download this 5-page digital packet of FREE PRINTABLES below.  The lesson is differentiated so students can choose from three different activities:

  1. Draw a self-portrait expressing positive traits or goals for themselves.
  2. Write out 5-10 positive affirmations on regular lined paper.
  3. Write out 5-10 positive affirmations on dotted lined paper to encourage proper letter formation.

Also included is a lesson plan and motivational poster to hang in the room to encourage children to change their inner voice “song” list.

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Looking for even more Positive Mindset Resources?

Check out the complete Positive Mindset bundle.  Growing up is tough these days – children have so much stress, homework, activities, sports and more. It is easy to get stuck in a rut rather quickly or to feel like you are not succeeding. Children need all the support they can get. The Positive Mindset Bundle includes activities, printables, and worksheets to help children boost their happiness, reach their goals, and build more positivity into their lives.

Would you like positive mindset resources for yourself? Check out Reflect and Affirm for FREE positive affirmations for adults.


Positive Affirmations for Children free printables