Students develop and share their personal mantras with one another through movement and sharing.


  1. Cognitive: Students will be able to identify and repeat a personal mantra.
  2. Affective: Students will feel encouraged to repeat their mantra in a social setting.


A ball or something to safely toss around.


Time Activity Notes
1 min
  • Explain that a mantra is a word or phrase repeated to focus on a single thought or idea
Example Statements
“I am enough.”
“I am awesome.”
“You got this.”
“Be calm.”
“Be confident.”
2-3 min
  • Have students to develop their personal mantra word or statement.
    • Here are some tips:
      • Focus on your values, goals, challenges.
      • Keep it short.
      • Make it a phrase you will actually use.
      • Make it positive (Think: what you will do versus what you will not do. For example, “Try your best” versus “Don’t be lazy.”)
3-5 min
  • Instruct students to form a circle.
  • Explain students will make eye contact with the receiver, speak their mantra as they toss the ball to the next person. Once a student speaks their mantra, they sit down.
  • Initiate the activity by throwing the ball at one person, sitting after repeating your own mantra.
Encourage playfulness.

Ensure every student has a chance to repeat their mantra aloud.

5-8 min
  • Wrap up the activity by highlighting how recalling and reciting their personal mantras can help focus and motivate.
  • What did you notice about your energy level before and after the activity? When might it be helpful to repeat your mantra?
Highlight the group experience.

What’s it like hearing others’ mantras?

Facilitator Reflection

How did you feel after the activity? Did students participate
and seem engaged? Remember to ask the students to share their feedback on the activity: What went well? What suggestions do they have for making the activity better? Think about what you might do differently next time.

Emotional Intelligence Tips

  • Encourage students to have fun
  • Ensure mantras are stated in the positive