Many of our clients come to us with a very poor feelings word vocabulary, making it difficult for them to effectively use language to communicate their internal state. Literally dozens of products now exist that encourage and allow our young clients to express themselves; everything from posters to books, board games, and our very popular Mood Dudes. Check out our large collection of feelings items here.
Three of our most popular feelings products are the Laminated Feelings Poster (available in English and Spanish, and in a variety of sizes), Feelings Playing Cards, and Feelings Fair. The Feelings Playing Cards can be used to play the game “Fish” (when a player gets two matching cards, they get to lay them down after they identify a time they had a feeling). The Feelings Poster can be used to open a session by simply inviting a child to look at the poster and see if they can find a feeling they’ve had today. The Feelings Fair game allows children to express their feelings while going on a journey through the fair. It’s perfect for children ages six to twelve.
Two other products of recent popularity are the Emotions Mania Thumball and Faces and Feelings Listening Lotto. The Thumball works great as an icebreaker activity in groups, and the Faces and Feelings Listening Lotto explores the look and tone of emotions as kids match narrative statements to photographs of kids’ faces showing different expressions. To play, players listen to a CD and place tokens on the images on their game cards that match what the hear.
All of these have been very impactful in my sessions. Has anyone else had experience with these items? Let us know on the comment boards.