Identifying and recognizing emotions is a tough skill for many children to learn. Kids with a history of trauma, ADHD, those on the autism spectrum, and many others may struggle to recognize other people’s emotions. And yet, this skill is so very important in helping children to develop empathy, friendships, and participate in basic social interactions. Social skills group activities can help kids learn about their own emotions as well as how to recognize what other people are feeling.
Mind-n-Mettle Emotions Edition is a game-show style activity that is geared toward teaching kids about feelings. You can use this activity in your social skills groups, provided the kids are old enough to read, and provided you have the appropriate equipment (speakers and at least a computer for display, although a TV or projector work best). Kids can play Mind-n-Mettle as individuals or in teams. The game is complete with a built in timer and sound effects to make it a fun, multi-sensory experience.
Our Emotions Edition uses our regular Mind-n-Mettle PowerPoint template (you can download a blank copy by signing up for our mailing list) to teach children to recognize emotions based on facial expression. Kids are presented with 10 different pictures and are asked to identify the emotion depicted in each question.
Once each team has chosen their answer, and before the timer runs out, they put their game card into an envelope and hold it in the air to show that they are ready. Once all the teams have chosen an answer, the game leader or “game-show host” asks them to open their answers and reveals the correct answer. You can choose to keep track of points if you want or keep things non-competitive.
If players get stuck, they have the choice to use one of three tools, which they can ask to use before the correct answer is revealed, by holding up whichever tool card they want. Teams can use each tool one time in the game. They can choose to “Take 2”, which will eliminate two of the wrong options, leaving only one wrong option and the correct one. They can choose to “Duplicate”, which will allow them to copy another group/player’s answer. Or they can get a “Hint” (Make sure all the other groups have already chosen their answers so they don’t benefit from the hint meant for the group using the tool).
And that’s all there is to it. If you try this game out, please let us know how it works for you, or how we could make it better.
Full instructions for the game can be found here.
Download your printable game cards here.
Download Mind-n-Mettle Emotions Edition here.
Please note: At this time, the game only works on PC. We will update for Mac in the near future.
* If you like the template we used for Mind-N-Mettle Emotions Edition, you will love the full game. Mind-n-Mettle is currently in development for PC and Mac computers. The full game adds some great new features that can’t be done in PowerPoint like creating and sharing quiz games, customizable timers, real time scoring, and more! You will be able to make your own questions and use them for any number of class or group topics. If you would like to be updated on Mind-n-Mettle’s progress or on our other resources, please sign up for email updates using the sign-up bar to the right.