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SELF-ESTEEM: Social Emotional Learning Game | SEL Individual & Group Counseling



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Looking for a fun game to build self-esteem in kids and teens?  You’ll love The Self-Esteem Card Game!  Designed as a solution-focused counseling intervention tool, players get to focus and show off  their strengths.  The questions and prompts encourage players to express their unique voices and perceptions, with a primary focus on social supports, resilience, coping skills and other protective factors. Moreover, this SEL activity reinforces a positive self-concept, sense of self-efficacy, and best possible future self.


Why Is It Important to Focus on Self-Esteem?

Building self-esteem helps young people to cultivate a strong internal locus of control & sense of agency.  Additionally, booting self esteem lays a foundation from which to create an empowered life.


Ways You Can Use The Self-Esteem Game:

  • Small Groups for Social Emotional Learning Support and Skills Practice
  • Individual counseling sessions as an assessment tool.
  • The actual act of playing the game provides insight into children’s social skills, decision-making process, frustration tolerance, level of respect for rules & boundaries, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Playing also builds social skills!
  • Fun for Family Game Night!
  • Community and relationship building classroom group activity


Now Available in Both Print and Digital Game Formats

You now get to choose between playing the printable card game format or the digital Google Slides™ version.  So whether you are in person or need an interactive self-esteem boosting game for distance learning, teletherapy, or virtual small groups, we got you covered!


How to Play The Digital Self-Esteem Connect Game

Taking turns, players/teams choose a number based on the spot they would like to place their pawn. Then answer the corresponding self-esteem question/prompt. Move game pawn to cover the number just answered. Players continue to take turns answering questions/prompts and moving their pawn pieces until the first player/team has completed a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal line of either 4 or 5 in a row.

For a Free “Sample Example” of how the digital game works, please download my Conversation Starter Connect Game!


How to Play The Printable Self-Esteem Card Game

In the spirit of other popular shedding-type card games, the player to get rid of all their cards first wins. Players try to “match” the top card in the discard pile, by either laying down the same number, color (or shape, if using the black & white set), or type of action card. If the card contains a self-esteem question or prompt, that player shares their response. The player may choose to decline to respond by using 1 of their 2 Pass Tickets. Action cards add fun twists and turns to the game. Actions include:

  •  TAKE 3: The next person in line must take 3 cards before taking their turn.
  • ROTATE RIGHT / ROTATE LEFT: All players pass on, or “rotate,” their cards to either the left or right, so that everyone exchanges hands with each other.
  • GO AGAIN: Player gets to “go again,” gaining an additional turn.
  • FREE!: Player who discards a FREE card is “free” to choose a new color (or shape) for the discard pile and then discard an additional card based on the color (or shape) they changed it to.
  • FREE + SPY!: Player who discards a FREE+SPY card can spy on one player by peeking at their cards and then is “free” to choose a new color (or shape) for the discard pile and then discard an additional card based on the color (or shape) they changed it to.

Make sure to check out our FREE Self-Esteem Posters Here, Here, and Here, too!



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Self-Efficacy + Self-Esteem, Individual + Group Counseling, Problem Solving + Finding Solutions

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✔ The Self-Esteem Connect Game on Google Slides™


✔ TWO sets of The Self Esteem Card Game: in both color AND black and white! So if you don’t have access to a color printer, no problem! You can download and print in black and white too! Instead of color, players match up cards with shapes!

✔ Detailed Game Directions

✔ Tips on how to use the Card Game as a Therapeutic Intervention

✔ Over 75 Questions & Prompts

✔ Action Cards

✔ Pass Tickets


Top notch resource. For perspective, I am a dual licensed clinical mental health and school counselor; I currently work clinically. This game is just so incredibly BALANCED. Some therapy games feel like we’re attacking the kids with prompts to talk about trauma/difficult topics, or are so rigid there’s no room for authenticity. This download is neither of those things. It’s superb. I’d have paid double for it. Thanks for creating and sharing! Plan on carrying this in my go-to binder I take when I visit clients at school and home.

-Whimsy in School Counseling (TPT Seller)

August 22, 2017, TPT Review 



My client loved this. It was a great rapport building activity. It was so nice to share so much positivity in the session.

-Two Fish Therapy (TPT Seller)

December 3, 2020, TPT Review 



This is a great game to get kids thinking about themselves and the things they like about themselves and their environment.

-Sarah N.

December 2, 2021, TPT Review



I LOVE using this activity during individual therapy sessions both in-person and telehealth! It easily gets youth talking and engaged!

-Mindful and Kind Counseling (TPT Seller)

October 28, 2021, TPT Review 



I used this resource with my Virtual Grade 5/6 Gifted class. They absolutely loved it and had a lot of fun! They also opened up and really answered the questions. Fabulous resource!
-Carla M. (TPT Seller) 
October 14, 2021, TPT Review 

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