Is your child willing to take on challenges and keep working on them despite setbacks? That’s a sign of a growth mindset—believing that abilities can improve over time. In contrast, some struggling learners have a fixed mindset. They think that their abilities are set and won’t ever improve, even with effort.
These 5 activity worksheets can help children develop a growth mindset. It’s an ongoing process, but parents can help children move from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset by doing some simple growth mindset exercises. A child can start thinking, “What’s next?” and “I can”—instead of “I’m done” and “I can’t.”
The 5 worksheets are:
- Try Saying Something Else (Fixed vs. growth mindset activity for younger kids)
- What I Can Say Instead (Fixed vs. growth mindset activity for older kids)
- 15 Growth Mindset Questions to Ask (Poster)
- Why I Can Do This (Worksheet to get from “I can’t” to “I can try”)
- This Didn’t Work Out: What’s My Next Step? (Growth mindset action plan)
Download the English versions of any and all of these, at:
Also available in Spanish (Actividades para fomentar la mentalidad de crecimiento en los niños), at:
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