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FREE: Debate Cards for Kids – Children’s Mental Health Week 2024

24 fun and thought-provoking debate topics for kids to use this Children's Mental Health Week 2024. This year's theme is "My Voice Matters," a powerful theme of self-advocacy and expression. This resource will help children feel confident in expressing their opinions and learn that their thoughts and opinions matter.

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Time for some healthy debate! These question cards can be used in lots of ways and are perfect for this year's Children's Mental Health Week, as they support your children to express their opinions and share their voice on current and relevant topics and trends.

Our debate topics for kids can be used individually or as a group exercise, helping your children to feel that their voice really matters.

Why use these debate cards with your children?

Encouraging children to debate with their peers or even adults has many benefits for children's mental health, including:

  1. Developing Critical Thinking Skills: Debating encourages children to think critically, analyse information and develop reasoned arguments. It helps them become adept at evaluating evidence, considering different perspectives, and making well-informed decisions—a crucial skill applicable throughout their academic and professional lives.
  2. Effective Communication: Through debate, children hone their communication skills, learning to articulate ideas clearly and persuasively. They learn to express themselves with confidence, a valuable asset in personal relationships, academic settings, and future careers.
  3. Confidence Building: Public speaking can be a daunting task, but debating helps children build confidence in expressing their thoughts in front of an audience. The experience of presenting arguments and engaging in conversation with their peers boosts self-esteem and resilience.
  4. Respect for Diverse Perspectives: Debating exposes children to a range of viewpoints, helping them appreciate diversity of thought. They learn to respect opposing opinions, fostering a more inclusive and open-minded worldview. This skill is invaluable in promoting tolerance and understanding.
  5. Quick Thinking and Adaptability: In the fast-paced environment of a debate, children must think on their feet and respond to challenges spontaneously. This promotes quick thinking, adaptability, and the ability to handle unexpected situations—an asset in various aspects of life.
  6. Conflict Resolution Skills: Debating teaches children how to navigate conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner. They learn to listen actively, find common ground, and negotiate effectively—a skill set that extends beyond the debate arena into their personal relationships.
  7. Enhanced Persuasion Skills: Art of persuasion is a key element of debating. Children learn how to present compelling arguments and persuade others to see their point of view. This skill is valuable not only in formal debates but also in negotiations, leadership roles, and everyday interactions.

Want to help children learn critical thinking and communication skills, whilst nurturing their mental health and self confidence? Download our FREE debate cards now!