Confidence tricks

Includes: Indoors, Health and well-being, Promise

Activity time:
30 mins


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Never assume...

Help girls to reflect on stereotyping, and boost their self-confidence


  1. Ask girls to think of assumptions people might hold about them and why they might hold these. For younger girls, this could be the assumption that all children are badly behaved or noisy. Older girls could consider how the media portrays them and how the community might see them, eg ‘Girls like you are lazy, drop litter, never help...’
  2. Write these assumptions on sticky notes and place them around a mirror. Then ask the girls to look at themselves. Do they feel these statements reflect them?
  3. Now encourage the girls to say what they are like. Let them shout out positive statements about themselves and other girls their age.
  4. Write those statements on sticky notes and replace each of the negative things around the mirror so that Brownies can see all their positive traits, helping to boost their self-belief and confidence.

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Safety notes

Promise activities may encourage girls to talk about their own backgrounds and belief systems. Read our guidance on including all girls.

Activities around health and wellbeing can sometimes encourage disclosures from girls about their own experiences. Make sure you can support girls fully by reading our guidance on managing concerns, and see our list of support organisations for further guidance.

Section Number of girls per adult
Rainbows 5
Brownies 8
Guides 12

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2 adults needed