Toilet Paper Game
Using Play To Develop Self
I like this game because its
fun! I also never knew I could name so many nice things about
• Help children to discover their personal strengths,
• Help build self-esteem,
• Promote empowerment,
• Develop and strengthen self-confidence, and
• To aid in diagnosis and assessment.
• A roll of bathroom toilet paper!
Each child is instructed to pull off a handful of toilet paper
from the roll. Each child's amount may vary. Next, each child
should separate their toilet paper into individual squares and
stack them into their own stack of squares.
Now, surprise the children by instructing them to say one nice
thing about themselves for each sheet of toilet paper! Going
around in a circle, each child takes one square of toilet paper,
says one positive thing about themselves, and moves it over
into a new pile. This continues until all the children have
used up all their sheets of toilet paper. The more toilet paper
a child begins with, the more self-compliments they must come
The facilitator leads a discussion on the children felt about
giving themselves so many compliments. Was it bragging? They
can also discuss what was learned from taking too few or too
many pieces of toilet paper to begin with. For especially “shy”
children who only took one piece of toilet paper, the facilitator
can separate the two-ply tissue into two pieces so they at least
have double the opportunities!
The facilitator asks the children how they feel about the game
itself. Once, I worked with a child who liked to exaggerate
every thing. He took a handful of toilet paper of at least 87
squares! He quickly gave up trying to compliment himself, but
the other children had lots of suggestions. After this experience,
he learned some nice, new things from his peers, even though
he wasn’t very popular, and he also learned to use less
toilet paper and save trees!
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