1. Make a collage of their strengths or of a good time had together. Remember when and then cut pictures from your own collection or from magazines that make the fun positive experience come to life today and hang it on their door or wall. Just having the attention and doing something with an adult is positive in itself.
2. Play a board game or a ball game. Pick an activity that you know will play to a child’s strengths. Again the 1:1 attention in combination with a fun activity, where a child is getting emotional needs met while being successful and having fun is a sure mood enhancer.
3. Do a craft that can a present for someone with less. This will allow the child to feel like they are making something to give to someone else who has less. That gives them control and power. Just even painting a shell with pretty colors is easy and can be a nice gift. Or baking something for someone who feels sick is also a booster of self-esteem as it involves giving back and contributing.
4. Do chores together. Cleaning a car or closet will get a task done and help those who do it, feel accomplished and meaningful and productive, surely building self-esteem it also teaches skills in that knowing how to do those things are important.
5. Write a few positive sentences together. Start with you as the adult writing about the children attributes and then you do it for them and keep it in a journal to refer back to during down times.