Communicating well enables people to know and ask for what they need, and can result in higher self-efficacy. With higher self-efficacy, there are lower instances of violence, bullying, and self-destructive behaviors.
The Skill of "I-Messages: What to Say When You are Upset (Center for Parenting)
Games to Build Communication Skills:
Guess the Object (Positive Psychology) This is a fun game for kids to practice the power of description. Cut a hole in a box that is large enough for their hands. Make sure that they understand that they’re not allowed to peak into the hole. Place an object in the box. Have the child describe what the object feels like. Have the class take turns guessing what it might be.
Show and Tell (Positive Psychology) Many kids love to share at this age. Devoting time for children to share things is an encouraging way for them to hone their communication skills. Encourage classmates to think of questions about what their classmate has shared, as a way to develop active listening skills.