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Learn to build positive relationships and self-confidence

In this activity, talk about what makes you or your friends special, and practise building positive relationships and self-confidence

In this activity, learners will talk about what makes themselves or their friends special. This lets learners practise building positive relationships and self-confidence.

What you need

Two sets of six bricks for each learner in the group. If you do not have six bricks available, a mix of regular LEGO® elements, or a piece of paper and some crayons, can be used instead.

How to play

  • Make groups of three or four learners and provide each group member with two sets of six bricks.
  • The task is for each group member to create a model of themselves. We recommend three minutes for building, but allow the group enough time to complete the task.
  • At the end, each group member will share their model with the group and describe something special about themselves.
  • If you run out of bricks or learners are not comfortable building, you can give them a piece of paper and some crayons and ask them to draw a picture of themselves instead.

Key questions/reflections

  1. If you could take one thing about yourself and give it to everybody, what would it be?
  2. Share a time when you have felt important/special.
  3. Was it easy or tricky to think of things which are special about you? If so, why?
  4. What are you learning about yourself?

If the learner struggles to find something special about him or herself, this learner could be supported to identity things by the teacher or their peers.

Scale up/down

Scale up this activity by reducing the number of bricks, or ask group members to make a model of their friends. If doing the latter, ask them to add in specific characteristics that make a good friend (for example, “large ears because a good friend listens to me”).

Scale down this activity by providing a word bank of qualities people might have. For example, being kind or good at playing. Or let them build something they love to do as a way of presenting themselves.

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