Let's Play Strengths
24 cards representing the 24 universal character strengths identified by research in positive psychology. A game to get to know one another by discovering one’s strengths, to grow oneself by developing them, to appreciate the strengths of others and to promote authentic and positive relationships.
Positive traits are at the heart of positive psychology, as are recognising and developing character strengths. Positive psychology is “the study of the conditions and processes that contribute to the flourishing or optimal functioning of people, groups, and institutions” (Gable & Haidt, 2005).
Knowing one’s strengths builds self-confidence because it contributes to developing a positive image of oneself. It also enables a better understanding of other people and the ability to view others from a strengths perspective.
Strengths can be defined as characteristics that enable a person to be as successful and as happy as they can be (Wood et al., 2011). They can be both nurtured and practiced. Strengths are our natural way of functioning. When we use strengths, we are authentic (that’s the real me), full of energy and we perform well.
This 24-card pack is based on the work of Seligman and Peterson, published in 2004, who developed a classification of 24 universal strengths that are recognised and valued “consistently throughout history and cultures”. They are grouped into 6 categories of strengths that have coherent underlying values, this is why these cards are distributed into 6 families.
The vocabulary has been simplified for young children.
Let’s Play Strengths is designed for children of kindergarten and primary school age. Let’s Play Strengths can be used in a family setting or as an education/facilitation tool. At school, this game can be used as part of well-being and SEL programmes or to support activities for the development of self-confidence and self-awareness.
“Each of us has much more hidden inside us than we have had a chance to explore.” (Muhammad Yunus)
Examples of strengths activities:
• Finding my own strengths
• Giving a strength to someone else (a friend, parent, sister, ?brother, etc.)
To identify and/or give a strength to someone else we need to be able to explain our choice. For example: “I am giving you the strength of Creativity because you make beautiful things with your hands!”
• Strengths of the day
What makes you feel you are being who you really are? What are you most proud of? If you had to choose a strength of the day, what would it be? Why this strength and why today?
• Strengths superhero
Alone or with your parents, identify your preferred superhero. For you, what are his/her strengths? Which ones do you prefer? Identify a situation that is tricky for you. What would your superhero do in this situation? How can you learn from him/her?