Most school counselors know the activity - IALAC (I Am Lovable And Capable) - in which students where some form of paper product on their back and peers walk around writing positive messages about the person on the paper product. It's a perfect activity to use as a keepsake for students.
The "I CAN" activity is similar...but students will create their own examples of what they CAN do, write on a slip of paper, and put in their own "I CAN!" On a rough day, they can open up the "I CAN" and read some of their strengths as pick-me-ups!
Trying to think of an economical can to use/buy, I searched my kitchen cabinets for ideas. There I found some cleaned icing containers which I thought would be perfect to use for this activity. I knew I kept those containers for a reason!!
I covered the plastic containers with scrapbooking paper and cut a hole in each lid. Next I added a label of "I CAN." I made one can for each student in the small group. I can't get over how cute these are! They are the perfect size and the lid can be easily removed to look inside.
After a lesson on strengths and weaknesses, I gave each student one of my creations. I discussed how to use the "I CAN" and we brainstormed a few examples to put inside. During the subsequent group session, we talked about "I CAN" slips they dropped inside over the course of the week prior.