Social, Emotions & Feelings Games For Kids

Playing games has always been an enjoyable pastime for children. They not only provide entertainment and a break from their routine but games also serve as a valuable tool for learning and development. There has been a rise in the popularity of games focusing on social, emotions, and feelings for children. These games provide fun, laughter and also help children in different aspects of their development. 

When playing games we can encourage children to express their feelings and learn new skills.  When children play games they learn how to cope with different emotions and handle situations differently.  There's many different options now for children to play therapeutic games while they have fun with their family and friends. 

Games will give children an opportunity to talk about their feelings, their lives, different situations, talk about things that bother them or upset them. They learn valuable communication and social skills while playing.

These types of therapeutic games help children develop important social skills. As we know, the ability to interact and communicate effectively with others is important in any social setting. Social games require children to work with their peers, take turns, and solve problems together. These interactions help children to learn how to cooperate, negotiate, and develop empathy towards others. It also encourages them to develop their communication skills and teaches them how to express their feelings and emotions.

Therapy games for feelings and emotions are designed to help children who struggle with emotional and behavioral issues. Children with ADHD, anxiety, autism and sensory processing disorder can benefit greatly from these games as they provide a structured and safe way to explore and understand their feelings. Therapy games are also used to help children deal with trauma, stress, and other emotional challenges. They provide a platform for children to express themselves and process their emotions in a non-judgmental and supportive space.

Board games are not just for fun; they can also be an effective way to teach children about emotions and feelings. Board games for learning emotions and feelings are usually simple matching games to more complex role-playing games. These games help children recognize, express, and cope with different emotions through interactive gameplay. Children learn to identify facial expressions, body language, and tone of voice, all of which are very important in understanding and responding to emotions in life.

Social, emotions, and feelings games for children have so many incredible benefits for children. They provide a safe and fun way for children to learn and grow, all while playing and having fun. 
Therapeutic games can help children who are struggling with anxiety, feelings, attitude, patience, emotions, communication, self esteem and confidence.

The "Speaking Cards" kit contains 36 cards that display children experiencing some of the diverse situations and feelings a child may encounter in their day-to-day lives.
The cards are drawn in basic clean lines and are deliberately adapted to resonate with the way in which children see the world.
By playing with the cards and talking about them, you can encourage the child to express the feelings and thoughts that they are carrying in their heart, whether as part of their everyday life or in times of transition, turning points or crises.
Using the cards to talk about feelings will help the child to better handle their life events and cope with difficult emotions. These cards will help you to understand the child’s emotional world from their perspective, and relate to the problems that are bothering them.
In the instructions, there are some suggestions for operating, promoting and encouraging the expressive process. Educators and therapists can also use the assistance of the cards while working with parents.

The game is meant to connect generations and erase communication barriers in a fun and playful atmosphere. The rules are easy: take turns answering questions, some simple and some controversial, and get to know each other on a deeper level. Discuss topics such as identity, family life, school life, appearance, social media and many others. Choose a game you want to play based on your comfort level and the setting or play all three games at once.
Connect the generations! CHILL CHAT CHALLENGE – game for teens and parents. Share funny stories, secrets, views and dreams in a fun and playful atmosphere. Create a culture of trust and understanding within the family and get to know each other!

Three games in one for a price of one! 
Great tool for schools and therapists! Used by many teachers, school counsellors, therapists and small group settings. Game has been known to improve many relationships and build self esteem.

Thoughts & Feelings Speaking Cards – Card Game for Developing Your Children’s Emotional Intelligence and Social Skills 
60 Beautifully designed and emotionally expressive cards/illustrations for you to use with your children as a way to help them develop emotional intelligence and empathy while enhancing communication and social skills 
Ages 4+
Benefits include:
- Increased emotional intelligence
- Improved social skills
- More empathy
- Better communication skills
- Ability to open up and talk about difficult feelings and life events
- Better coping abilities
- Increased feelings of trust and care from parents/teachers/therapists etc
- Increased confidence and well-being
- A great way to get to know and deepen the connection you have with your children

You Know Social Skills Games and Therapy Games, A Fun Game That Opens Communication and Encourages Meaningful Conversations to Establish Relationships
'The goal of You Know is to establish high-comfort gameplay that subtly promotes further discussion on topics such as  personal values, struggles, and goals'
Ways To Use You Know - One of The Top Therapeutic Games on The Market
In Counseling Groups To Build Social Skills And Positive Communication
In A Small Group Setting Such As A Classroom, Camp, Or Team Building Activity
With Your Family. 

Mad Dragon: An Anger Control Card Game
This fast-paced therapeutic card game helps children ages 6-12: Control their anger in the moment; Practice 12 effective anger management techniques; Understand what anger feels and looks like; Avoid anger-provoking situations; Express and understand their feelings; Identify anger cues; Learn that they have choices about how to express anger. Mad Dragon plays like the popular game UNO. Players race to get rid of their cards while learning anger control skills. Fun and effective, this game includes 100 high-quality 3" x 4 1/2" cards, instructions, and tips for taming anger. For 2 to 8 players. 

My Feelings Game
280 scenarios to help kids explore and talk about feelings! 260 regulation strategies to help kids manage their feelings in socially appropriate ways! 24 movement cards to keep kids engage! Illustrated Booklet that introduces seven different kids with seven different feelings!
Ages: 4 years and up
What scares your child? What makes him or her feel happy, frustrated or angry? This inspirational game encourages you and your child to explore these emotions in fun, active (and sometimes very silly) ways. As they play, children will discover how to recognize feelings in themselves and in others, and to cope with them in socially appropriate ways. And they'll have way too much fun to realize that they're developing valuable life skills!

StrongSuit - The Tower of Self Esteem, Therapy Card Game for Kids 6+, Used by Therapists and Parents, 2-5 Players
Does your child struggle with social anxiety or having trouble developing communication skills? Or maybe he or she has feelings of low self-esteem and confidence. 
An entertaining and fun team building game to teach children how to work together, be creative and inspire others to do great
Using behavioral therapy games to instill positive mental thinking at such an early age is very beneficial for children once they grow older. 
Cognitive therapy game for kids 6 and Up

Feelings in a Jar: A Fun Game for All Ages for Endless Play & Interaction

Everyone needs to know how to name and express feelings. Each jar holds 365 little slips printed with ";feelings words";€”gleeful, insecure, grateful, angry, cranky, courageous, hopeful, and many more. 
Pull a slip and act out the feeling, or invite someone else to act it out. Use as discussion starters, journaling prompts, or icebreakers for groups. Ages 8 & up, 365 slips, 3" recyclable plastic screwtop jar.

Super Duper Publications Social Skills Chipper Chat Magnetic Game Educational Learning Resource for Children
2011 Multiple-Award Winner from Creative Child Magazine
30 colorfully illustrated game boards (6" x 9") with 12 different games
Includes magnetic wand, foam die, 100 magnetic chips, and activity book
Educational - Helps children practice proper behavior in various social situations
Social Skills Chipper Chat is a fun, motivating, magnetic chip game designed to help kids discuss and understand appropriate ways of dealing with numerous social situations.  

Gifted Learning Testing Flash Cards - Social Emotional include 72 cards that help build social skills and emotional intelligence, which will strengthen your child’s positive attitude, patience, self-awareness and more. They help children regulate their emotions, communicate better, and use compassion and empathy to understand the needs of other people, build relationships and make more thoughtful decisions. They support kids in managing conflict by expressing their feeling and using calming tools appropriately.

Miniland Emo Moogy The Emotions Board Game
How do you feel? The Miniland Emo Moogy Emotions Game helps children identify and communicate their feelings
Moogy puts names to the emotions children has and helps them explore why they may feel sad, happy, frustrated and more
Chunky game pieces are made from thick material, perfect for small hands
A fun way for kids to expand their communication and social skills
Includes 11 puzzle pieces and 8 emotions cards | For ages 3 and up
Exploring personal, social and emotional development in a fun and unique way. This prime collection supports and enhances a child’s personal, social and emotional journey by using mainly a wealth of role-play dynamics that invite children to understand emotions, build self-confidence and ultimately increase awareness of needs and feelings of others.

Feelings and Dealings: an Emotions and Empathy Card Game
Feelings and Dealings: An Emotions & Empathy Card Game is a winner of a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award for Fall 2018! Parents, teachers, caregivers, and mental health professionals of children aged 3 - 6 years love using the Feelings and Dealings card game to develop empathy and emotional literacy. This therapeutic tool develops social intelligence and emotional intelligence through fun and engaging play. Speaking of play, we've designed 8 ways to play this game: 3 games for educational play and 5 games for therapeutic play! 

Social Skills/Asperger's Games, Set of 3 For Ages 6-12. Help children learn proper social skills with this new game set. Better communication, reading body language, and reading others' feelings and emotions are explored while having fun. The games are particularly effective for children with Asperger's Syndrome. Set includes 1 each of the following Board Games The Understanding Faces Game Great for kids with Asperger's syndrome or those who have difficulty with reading emotions.
This game is designed to introduce children to several aspects of understanding facial expressions, including two key concepts: 1) Different facial expressions are associated with different feelings. 2) Different people may have different facial reactions to the same situation. Figure Me Out: A Game That Helps Kids Get to Know Each Other This game helps kids get to know each other. The game develops social skills by helping children learn to gather information about others and share information about themselves.

Don't Go Bananas - A CBT Game for Kids to Work on Controlling Strong Emotions
Based on the ABCD Model of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Kids work to identify what triggers their emotions, analyze the beliefs they have about those situations, explore their reactions and look for ways to change their thought patterns. 
For Parents and Professionals: Teachers can play Don't Go Bananas with small groups of kids in the classroom or parents can play with their kids at home. 
2-4 Players Ages 6-12: A variety of questions makes this game versatile for a larger age group. More thought provoking questions can be added or removed for easier or tougher gameplay

Friends and Neighbors: The Helping Game - A Social-Emotional Game that Develops Empathy and Compassion! 

By playing the game with their children, parents can help kids recognize feelings in others - the first step to building empathy. Game includes 4 game boards, 14 tokens, 1 Helping Bag, 1 Stop Sign board, parent guide and Friends and Neighbors book.

Cooperative Games foster:

- Non-stressful play situations
- Emotional development
- Shared decision making
- Creative problem solving
- A sense of community
- Positive self esteem

As they play, children will discover how to recognize feelings in themselves and in others. They'll have way too much fun to realize that they're developing valuable life skills.

Name the feeling – In this option, the object of the game is to recognize and verbally name the feeling which is expressed in the card. It is also possible to have the participant add an example from his/her life or to make up an example which fits the feeling which is expressed in the particular picture.

 Imitating the facial expressions – This option may be performed in front of a group or when facing a mirror.

Feelings In a Flash | Emotional Intelligence Flashcard Game | Toddlers & Special Needs Children | Teaching Empathy Activities, Coping & Social Skills | 50 Scenario Cards, 50 Reaction Faces
Emotional Intelligence Builds Confidence!
Who says kids shouldn't talk about feelings? A growing brain can be a wild place! Teaching your child to identify, understand, and deal with their emotions at a young age builds a foundation of confidence and self-awareness that will benefit them for a lifetime. Feelings in a Flash offers several easy and fun flashcard-based games and learning activities to encourage children to openly discuss and reflect upon their feelings. 

eeBoo About Face, Emotions and Feelings Game for Kids 
Create a near-endless cast of characters from printed images of leaves, ribbons, coins, and a variety of other found objects. Best known for the award winning Play With Your Food books, artist Saxton Freymann has returned with another inspired bit of metamorphosis. Matched "face" pieces feature photographs of objects found at the seashore and on the streets of New York, that can be arranged to create expressive faces. By engaging in this activity, children develop the ability to identify and express characteristics of human emotion through facial expressions they create using the pieces.
  • For ages 3 years and up
  • Includes 160 object cards to create an endless combination of character faces

Feelings Flash Cards: A Great Way for Kids to Share and Learn About All Kinds of Emotions
Feelings Flash Cards Todd Parr makes understanding feelings fun with these 20 sturdy flash cards featuring 40 different emotions. 
Each card shows two opposite feelings, one on each side, rendered in words and lively pictures. Kids will learn what it means to feel silly and serious, calm and nervous, brave and scared, and more.
Product Measures: 5.25 x 7 x 1.75 Recommended Ages: 3 months - 4 years

I Like Me 123: The Social Game of Self-Esteem
If you love our bestselling CBT 123, you'll want I Like Me 123 too! With fun gameplay that can be learned in minutes, I Like Me 123 will help to build self esteem and decrease social anxiety. The cards will help players relax while learning how challenges help shape their sense of self. Multiple play options for both inhibited and more outgoing players.
Parents, school counselors, and therapists will find I Like Me 123 a fun and practical addition to their therapeutic tool box.

The Cadily “This is Me” interactive therapy card game includes 44 thought-provoking sentence completion cards. They can be used simply in family fun to entice engaging conversation or to assist parents, teachers, and mental health professionals in exploring, identifying and addressing underlying issues that a child may be struggling with. 

THE SHOULDS & SHOULD NOTS: Photo Cards to Develop Social Skills & Empathy in Children with Autism and Aspergers.
SOCIAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT: Supports the developmental and emotional needs of children, tweens, and teens from K-12. Used in homes, schools, and therapy.
ADHD / AUTISM TOOL - Helps parents better understand their children's feelings. 
PORTABLE TO USE for family travels and car rides. Used by parents, teachers, psychologists, and pediatricians to teach social skills.
TOP TEN BENEFITS: 1. Increase self-motivation. 2. Practice perspective-taking skills. 3. Learn effective communication. 4. Develop self-awareness. 5. Broaden critical thinking skills. 6. Deepen growth mindset. 7. Build executive functions. 8. Reduce social anxiety. 9. Build empathy and responsibility. 10. Build vocabulary and academic language.

DISCLAIMER: I am not an Occupational Therapist. I am an adult who has Sensory Processing Disorder, a sensory parent and a Grandma. The information on this website is not medical advice and does not replace the information that your child's therapists give you. These are just ideas and information that I have learned myself over the years of being a parent and an adult living with SPD. If you are concerned for your child, please always seek medical attention through a family doctor, pediatrician or therapist. This website is for suggestions and informational purposes only. Each child is different and what works for one child may not for another because all children have different needs. Please always consult with a professional.

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