The Strength Cards for Kids tool box

Additional ideas, information and resources

Congratulations on purchasing Strength Cards® for Kids, a set of 40 cards created around a simple yet essential message: all children deserve to be recognised and celebrated for the strengths they have and for the strengths they are growing into every day.

Strengths are the foundation of our resilience—our greatest asset to call on in times of difficulty. Each time we put a strength into practice, even in a seemingly tiny way, we are building more of that strength and adding to our capacity to learn and grow.

That’s why Strength Cards® for Kids has been one of our best-selling resources for over 25 years.

Now that you have the cards, you will be wanting some fresh and innovative ideas for how to incorporate them into your work.

In this toolbox you will find:

  • the digital booklet, containing a more detailed exploration of the cards, lots of creative ideas and suggestions for using the cards in a range of settings, along with tips for establishing a safe environment for introducing the cards
  • access to a digital set of the cards so you can use them anywhere, anytime
  • ideas banks, blogs, card hack videos, interviews and other support material.

We hope you enjoy browsing this page and are inspired by the stories of others who have used the cards. Don’t forget to explore the range of other supporting materials and information at your fingertips any time you need it.

This toolbox is exclusively for people who have purchased Strength Cards® for Kids. We will continue to add resources and ideas, so check in regularly to see what’s new!

The Strength Cards for Kids booklet

The Strength Cards for Kids digital cards

Card hack

Blog- Building strengths literacy

We are surrounded by many different cultures—not only cultures from other countries—but also the different mini-cultures found in families, schools, communities and workplaces. Each of these cultures may emphasise different strengths—for example, ‘standing out’ may be admired in one setting, while in another, ‘blending in’ may be highly prized.  Read more

Blog- School-based family worker gives practical tips for using cards

Recently we were contacted by Penny, a highly respected and experienced child, youth and family worker, about the various ways she is using Innovative Resources’ cards and tactile resources with children in a school setting during COVID-19. She generously agreed to share some of her experiences and tips. Read more

Blog- The Gift of Noticing Children’s Strengths

Children thrive when their strengths are valued. Often, the weight of a ‘problem’ can lift considerably when we think of it as a strength yet to be developed. For these reasons many family counsellors, welfare coordinators and support workers encourage parents and carers to reflect on the importance of noticing children’s strengths. Read more

Blog- Strengths are Fun and Surprising—Strengths are Within Everyone

Now in its third edition, Strength Cards for Kids features a mixed bunch of raucous, funny, serious, quiet, loud, big, small and rather outrageous animal characters. They get up to all kinds of antics, most of which you will never see when you are visiting animals in a zoo, park or sanctuary. That’s because—as any child knows—animals only do these things when humans aren’t looking. Read more

Blog- Interview with Greek academic and author, Μαrία Χατζηγιάννη, on how to talk to children about war, conflict and other challenging topics

We spoke to Μαrία Χατζηγιάννη, Assistant Professor in the Department of Early Childhood and Care at the University of West Attica in Athens, Greece and an honorary lecturer at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Read more

Blog- Building Strengths Cultures and Strengths Literacy

We are surrounded by many different cultures—not only the obvious cultural differences between countries and peoples—but also the different mini-cultures found in families, schools, communities, clubs and workplaces. Each of these cultures may emphasise different strengths—for example, ‘standing out’ may be admired in one setting, and in another, ‘blending in’ may be highly prized. Read more

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