8 Games that You Can Use to Help Develop Kids’ Emotional Intelligence

As I’ve written in previous posts, I like to take time early in my work with a child or young person to talk about emotions, to assess what the child’s emotional awareness is, her ability to express a wide range of emotions, and how she copes with various emotions. Having a sense of a child’s emotional intelligence at the start …

Carey Emmerson8 Games that You Can Use to Help Develop Kids’ Emotional Intelligence

Help Kids Identify and Express Emotions with “Feelings Match-Up” Game

As I shared in a previous post on an activity called “A Feeling for All Seasons”, I use emotion charts with most of my child and some of my teen clients. I find they help kids to identify and verbally express their emotions, learn to recognize and empathize with others’ emotions, and as a result help children learn how to …

Carey EmmersonHelp Kids Identify and Express Emotions with “Feelings Match-Up” Game

Mind-n-Mettle: A Little Tech and a Ton of Fun Building Emotional Intelligence

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 …

Carey EmmersonMind-n-Mettle: A Little Tech and a Ton of Fun Building Emotional Intelligence

4 Puzzles to Get to Know Your Clients

Here is an activity that will help you build rapport, get to know a new client, and assist you in your initial assessment of the child. These puzzles could be useful with kids with any presenting problem. Each of the puzzles features a colourful picture on the front, along with an affirmation statement (e.g., I am strong), which can launch …

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Build Emotional Awareness and Expression Using This Printable Game

Today I’m uploading a variation on the game of checkers. This version of the game features a board with a number of different feeling faces (like those found on a standard feelings chart) on the playing squares: happy, sad, angry, afraid, disgusted, surprised, loved, confused and joyful. Simply print off the gameboard, grab some movers, and get started.Set the game …

Carey EmmersonBuild Emotional Awareness and Expression Using This Printable Game

DIY Board Game

I’ve often used board games with elementary aged clients, whether therapeutic board games or mainstream games. Games are a great way to build rapport, conduct assessments, develop social skills like taking turns and sharing, and work on specific skills. In a previous post, I specifically looked at Games to Promote Emotional Expression, which mostly deals with uses for mainstream games. …

Carey EmmersonDIY Board Game

Pool Noodle Extravaganza

What do you get if you combine pool noodles with balloons? Countless variations of high-energy fun to use with the kids you work with. If you have really energetic clients or group members, they might enjoy this more active session game during the early stage of counselling. Use this game for rapport building or assessing and promoting emotional expression. The …

Carey EmmersonPool Noodle Extravaganza

Life-Sized Sorry-Style Boardgame

If you are looking for an activity to play with a class or large group that will help teach teamwork and social skills, as well as helping review concepts that they’ve previously learned (how to manage anger, anxiety, manners, emotional expression, etc.), this game is a great one. Basically it’s a do-it-yourself, life-sized version of the game “Sorry”. Your students/clients …

Carey EmmersonLife-Sized Sorry-Style Boardgame