How to Set Up Leadership Role Playing Games for Kids

By Stephanie Harbin

Role playing games offer an excellent method for teaching kids leadership skills. However, the games must be designed to achieve maximum results. This article outlines tips for development and implementation. They benefit anyone who works with children (teachers, aides, camp counselors, etc.).

7 Tips

•   Determine the topics.

Here, the point is to first determine what you want the topic to be. Leadership is broad, but you must narrow the subject matter. Relevant topics concerning traits of leaders, for example, include self-control, respect, choices, compassion, confidence, kindness, responsibility, character, honesty, courage, and gratitude. Likewise, brainstorm topics to cover with children about leadership principles.

• List your objectives.

Games offer innovative and fun ways to learn about a subject. Still, they must have clear and measurable objectives. With that said, begin by deciding what you want kids to learn about each topic. The objectives drive the design portion of planning.

Sample objectives are as follows: To learn what leadership is and is not, To learn the qualities of good leaders, To use media, To meet different learning styles, To engage, To measure learning, or To obtain feedback.

•  Brainstorm creative scenarios.

After you settle on the topics, the next step is to design the scenarios. Aim for at least two activities per topic. Why? Two strong activities that hit the nail on the head will leave a lasting impression.

At the same time, how many children will participate in the activity? A role play can involve two persons and observers, or it can involve the entire class. All in all, it depends on how you structure it. Will the participants follow written instructions or respond to questions or statements?

•  Write prompts/scripts.

A role play comprises instructions for saying or doing certain things. Therefore, writing clear and concise prompts or scripts is imperative. For instance, if you want one person to shout during the role play, you must state it on the card or slip of paper.

• Gather materials and supplies.

Be creative. The more dramatic the activity the greater likelihood the information will stick. Do you want the children dressed in costume? Do you need objects (balls, marbles, colorful stickers, notecards, etc.)? Will you need a laptop and screen to display pictures or information? Even though it's a role play, the game can comprise elements to meet different learning styles.

•  Write a lesson plan.

Think of each activity as part of the curriculum. Thus, a 1-page lesson plan is necessary. This overview states the name of the game, objective(s), amount of time needed, materials, step by step instructions, and discussion questions. At length, a written plan provides consistency and a road map for others to follow.

•  Develop discussion questions.

Aside from generating discussion, questions help to measure learning, clarify concepts, and get feedback. Furthermore, the latter gives insight for improving the activity.



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 African American girls playing with white dolls

Research confirms that brown skin girls that only play with white dolls often grow up thinking that being "white" is beautiful, and that being "black" or "brown" is ugly!

And it's the same for young girls that only play with dolls with straight hair... They often grow up believing that "straight" hair is beautiful, but "kinky" or "natural" hair is not attractive!

But there is an easy way to save young Black girls from this epidemic! Black parents can start buying their children dolls that make them proud of who they are... dolls with a beautiful brown skin tone, and kinky or natural hair -- dolls that look like them!

One Black-owned company, Toys Like Me, has just released a new collection of plush toys that resemble children with brown skin. The brand was created by Dante Lee, an African American father from the Washington, DC area, who noticed that major retailers like Walmart and Target carry very few toys for children of color.

"I have an 11-year old son," Lee says. "And every time we go to buy toys, there is an obvious lack of diversity in the toy aisle. So, I decided to design and manufacture my own toys that children with brown skin can resonate with."

So far, his company is off to an amazing start - averaging $200 to $300 in orders every day. His products currently include backpack dolls and emoji pillows, but he is planning to launch a series of baby dolls, barbie-style dolls, and even action figures.

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Real Estate 100 Youth Foundation

Real Estate 100 Youth Foundation empowers communities by educating youth about real estate. The non-profit organization introduces youth to careers in real estate as a means of long-term wealth building. This groundbreaking program offers workshops, online instruction and an internship program centered around real estate literacy. Recognizing an unmet need for minorities to learn about real estate was the impetus for its inception.

"During the financial housing crisis of 2008, when I saw black and brown people targeted, I said, 'If we want to do different, we need to teach our children,'" says founder of Real Estate 100, Lisa Puerto. "As we're teaching the youth, we want them to be able to identify with someone who looks like them, in the industry."

The Real Estate 100 internship program recently awarded a $500 scholarship to 15-year-old high school sophomore, Sean Reynolds. Reynolds is the youngest to complete the program thus far. His scholarship will go toward his real estate licensing courses and/or higher education. His cousin, 17-year-old Leighton Williams, who was the first Real Estate 100 intern, received a $500 scholarship this past summer.

Real Estate 100 collaborates with various community and non-profit partners to deliver customized webinars and workshops. The programming has occurred in over 20 cities including Atlanta, New York, Baltimore and Toronto. A public school in the Los Angeles area will soon become the first elementary school in the nation where students will learn about real estate via an enrichment program.

Real Estate 100 connects with youth via adept and engaging content. The courses cover various aspects of real estate including financing, the roles of players in the real estate game, and how everything in our world ties into real estate. A new session of online classes opens for enrollment, December 1. Visit for more information and to register.

About Real Estate 100 Youth Foundation

Real Estate 100 Youth Foundation, is a 501(c)3 company. It is the nation's first real estate focused, youth development non-profit program. The Real Estate 100 team’s vision is to change the trajectory of the social conditions and economic status of families striving for increased prosperity, through real estate. Their mission is to introduce young people to real estate as a means of empowerment, careers and financial literacy.

About Lisa Puerto

Known as the "Super Agent®," Lisa Puerto is a licensed real estate professional and founder of Real Estate 100 Youth Foundation. The award-winning author, presenter and radio/TV show host's accolades include Author of the Year presented by the 2018 Indie Author Legacy Awards and winner of the National Association of Women in Real Estate Business Leading Lady Prodigy Award. She is nominated for the 2019 Kidpreneur Awards as an adult honoree.

With 12 years of experience, her passion for real estate manifests via multiple platforms. Her "Ready, Set, REAL ESTATE!" video series features diverse people of color from all facets of the industry. The Real Estate 100 Youth curriculum is based on her best-selling book, Real Estate 100: The Teen Home Buying Experience. She is sought after by local and national entities as advisory council seeking to leverage real estate as part of their growth strategies. She is also featured on several radio and print media outlets. Puerto has taught at three National Association of Real Estate Brokers conferences. Build and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Simple Ways to Teach Children to Be Grateful

By Bob Tom

Life is not fair, and sometimes it's up to us parents to bring up a child who will be able to appreciate the little, and big things, that life has to offer. Most parents strive to teach their children to be grateful for the small and big things in their lives. True gratitude can be instilled through small principals.

Gratitude is having an appreciation for everything you have been blessed with and acknowledging that these small gifts are a blessing, regardless.  According to research, when gratitude is instilled in the early ages of our children's lives it leads to happier lives. This happiness shows at school, at home, and in the relationships they build with their loved ones, as well as their friends.

When a child is taught to be grateful from an early age, this positive characteristic is portrayed even in their adolescence and adulthood. Many people who were not raised to be thankful from a tender age tend to struggle with the concept, especially when they reach adulthood. So, how can you teach children to be appreciative of all things in their lives - big or small?

Teach by Action

One of the simplest ways to teach your child to be grateful is by exercising the same concept yourself. Children, from an early age, tend to mold their behaviors based on how they see grownups behaving. "Grownup" here means parents, relatives, teachers, and any other adult that your child has constant interactions with.

Have you ever heard the term "practice what you preach?" This is one of those occasions where it's advisable to show your little ones that you not only expect them to exercise this act, but you are willing to do the same.

Raising children requires patience, kindness, compassion, responsibility, and the list goes on. When we practice this, our kids absorb it. Leading by example is the finest and hardest lesson in raising good people. Giving one's self to a higher purpose, such as teaching gratitude, is one of the best things we can do for our little ones when they are at a tender and impressionable age.

A simple way to achieve this is by introducing a family routine where everyone sits down on a daily basis and says what they are thankful for, regardless of how small. This will eventually set the wheels in motion and hopefully, show your children that there is much in this world to always be appreciative of.

Spread Love

There is no better way to teach your kids about love than by caring for those around you. Being generous with what little you have allows your kid to start being considerate of others' feelings, and not just their own. Encourage your young one to share with the less fortunate or their friends. Instead of always considering what they would want for Christmas, why not encourage them to also think of other presents they would like to give to the people they love?

We all want to give our kids everything they want, but sometimes buying everything for them can cause more harm than good. You need to teach them to value what they receive without expecting more. If your child winds up having as many toys as they please, they will not appreciate their possessions. They will always want something shinier and newer because they have been brought up with the notion that all they need to do is point and it's theirs.

Depending on their age, your young one can start giving back to the community. Make helping a community part of your family activity. Start volunteering at a nursing home, at homeless shelters, etc. When your children start interacting with those who are less fortunate, those with health problems, they will begin to be appreciative of small things such as their health, their family, their home, which they would have otherwise taken for granted.

Another lovely tradition to introduce would be encouraging your children to donate their old toys to charity. Perhaps instill a "one in, one out" policy where, if they are to get a new toy, then they'll have to part with an old one. Children tend to form tight bonds with their toys so that this lesson can be very educational for them.

Instead of just donating these old toys to charity via mail, why not take your child with you to a charity home where they will be able to see first-hand the joys their old toys bring to a less fortunate child? This lesson will not only teach gratitude but compassion as well.

Let Them Work for It

You need your kin to understand that things don't just magically appear when they want them. An excellent way to instill this is by letting them earn their rewards. Start distributing simple chores for their allowance.

Teach them to save up for what they want and only then can they buy it - this will educate them about money and its value. It'll also enable them to care for their possessions and appreciate what they have. This lesson will also allow them to get a realistic perspective on what their parents do them.

Encourage "Thank-You" Notes

Sending handwritten 'thank-you' notes is a dying profession and one that we think children should be encouraged to participate in. When your kid receives gifts, parents should help them to send out thank-you notes to every single person who bought them a present.

This doesn't only have to be practiced when gifts are involved. Encourage them to give thanks to their teachers, their pediatricians, family members, etc. - there are tons of opportunities for your child to recognize a kind gesture and be thankful for it. If they start young, this habit will become a part of them as they transition into adulthood.

The Glass is Always Half Full

It's human nature sometimes to view the world in a negative perspective. Many of us complain and despair about small matters (this is very normal), but it can be helpful if, as a parent, you could perhaps try and always find a silver lining. Teach your child/children to find something positive in every circumstance.

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Child Abuse: How Can Someone Develop A Sense Of Safety And Security After Being Abused?

By Oliver JR Cooper 

In the same way that a house will need strong foundations, a human being will also need strong foundations. When strong foundations are laid down for a house, this part will be strong enough to handle the other levels that are added, and, when it comes to a human being, strong foundations will be what enable them to grow and develop in the right way.

However, what can stop a house from being built in this way is if it is built by people who don't know what they are doing. It then won't matter if the rest of the house is right, as the most important part won't be.

A Similar Scenario

If a human being doesn't have strong foundations, it is likely to show that their caregivers didn't know what they were doing during the beginning of their life. What took place at this time would then have stopped this from taking place.

The trouble is that even though this can lead to all kinds of challenges, it doesn't mean that someone will be able to connect the dots, so to speak, and to see how their childhood years are affecting their adult years. Even so, they are likely to be only too aware of the symptoms.

A Living Hell

To say that their caregivers didn't know what they were doing might be an understatement, as it could have been as if they did everything they could to make their life a misery. This would then have been a time when they were abused and/or neglected.

Therefore, instead of being able to let go and to trust the people around them, someone like this would have needed to be on guard at all times. The people who were supposed to love and care for them would then have the people who they had to look out for.

On The Inside

What was going on outside their home wouldn't have been their main concern; their main concern would have been what was taking place behind closed doors. But, while this was abuse, it would have most likely become what was normal.

And, even if they did come to see that something wasn't right, the fear of what might happen if they did open up about it would have kept them quiet. Along with this, due to being egocentric at this time in their life, one may have come to believe that the reason they were treated this way was due to how flawed they were.



Ultimately, this would have been a time when they would have experienced immense pressure and stress, and this is precisely what they didn't need to experience at this age. At an age when they were not very resourceful, they would have experienced things that would have been hard for an adult to handle, let alone a small child.

The years would then have gone by and one would have done their best to act like an adult, even though deep within them was a deeply traumatised child (children). What they could find - as a result of not being able to develop a sense of safety and security - is that they find it hard to connect to their body.


This could mean that they spend most of their life in their head, and they may even have the tendency to dissociate from themselves. Connecting to their feelings and needs is then going to be a challenge.

Through not having a strong connection to their body, it may also mean that they rarely reveal their true-self. Behaving how other people want them to (and how they think they want them to), is going to be what feels safe.

Its Missing

Without an inner sense of safety and security, it is not going to be possible for them to be themselves and to express their true-self. It is going feel far too dangerous for them to assert themselves.

And, through having so much going on in their body, it is going to be just as much of a challenge for them to stay in there - popping out of it will be what feels safe. Still, getting back in their body and feeling safe is not something that will happen through force.


One way of looking at this would be to say that their root/base chakra didn't get the chance to develop in the right way and this is what is stopping the rest of their chakras from functioning in the right way. The energy that comes up through the earth, through their root chakra and energises the rest of their chakras is unable to get through.

Regardless of whether one resonates with the chakra system or not, what is clear is that feeling safe and secure is vital when it comes to living a fulfilling life. The only way that they will reveal who they really are is if they feel safe enough to do so.

Mother Nature

Spending time in nature is going to be an essential part of developing a sense of safety and security. Whether someone goes into the woods, a forest or into a field, for instance, this is going to be somewhere where they will have the chance to just be and to relax.

And, if they are in tune with the earth, they might even be able to receive the support, love and nurturing that the earth provides. What can stop this from taking place is if one believes that these are things that can only be provided by human beings and is not in tune with the more subtle energies of life.


Another part of this will be for one to practice something that will gradually allow them to re-anchor themselves in their body, and there are a number of things that can help with this. Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong, are all of these things can help one to get into their body and to release stuck energy.

Walking barefoot is another way for one to reconnect to the earth and to feel more grounded and embodied in the process. This might sound a bit airy fairy, but the best thing will be for one to give it a go and to see how they get on.


What is going to be equally as important as spending time in nature and having some kind of practise that one can use to ground themselves, will be to work though the trauma that is within them. Somatic experiencing and TRE are two tools that can assist one in this process.

There are, of course, plenty of other things that someone can to do gradually develop an inner sense of safety and security but, no matter what approach is taken, it will be vital for them to be patient and persistent. They didn't end up this way overnight and they certainly won't transform their life overnight either.

Teacher, Prolific writer, author, and coach, Oliver JR Cooper, hails from England. His insightful commentary and analysis covers all aspects of human transformation, including love, partnership, self-love, and inner awareness. With over one thousand nine hundred in-depth articles highlighting human psychology and behaviour, Oliver offers hope along with his sound advice.

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