Monday, December 15, 2008

The Emotions Game



A friend wanted an Emotions Game so I came up with one based on this game. I made a Christian version of this board game for CCD/Sunday School and I hope it is useful for younger students.


This game is free, however it is only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.

*Feel free to modify it to suit your needs. Most of it is in MS Word format and can be changed easily.



The Emotions Game:

Introduction: You need to think before you say or do things because you may hurt someone's feelings. Remember what Jesus said, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39

How can we show that we love God and our neighbor? We should do what God asks of us to show that we love him. How can we love our neighbor? God wants us to help others and to care about them and we should treat others how we would like to be treated.

Review the emotions with your students (happy, angry, bored, ashamed, scared, anxious/nervous, sad, surprised, confused, and embarrassed). Discuss when and how we express each emotion. Example: How does someone look when they are sad? (Discuss. Have the students point to the sad face on the game board and make a sad face.) When can someone be said? (Discuss). What should we do when we see someone sad? (Discuss).

We should be aware of how people feel and help them when needed.

*This game can be used for many different things (introduction wise).
Jesus loves me when I'm . . . sad, happy, etc.
Jesus is with me when I feel . . .
I should pray when I feel . . .





Place your markers at START. Roll the die and move that many spaces. Follow the directions on the space you land on. If the space has LISTEN on it, the teacher will read you a phrase (with matching emotional inflection and facial expression) and you must identify what emotion is depicted. If you land on MAKE A FACE, you must make a face that shows one of the emotions (happy, angry, bored, ashamed, scared, anxious/nervous, sad, surprised, confused, or embarrassed) and the other players will guess what emotion it is. If you land on a THINK space, the teacher will read a situation and you will have to identify how you would feel if that happened to you.

Give the children emotion stickers and/or stamp smiley faces on the back of their hands for trying or doing well.

Continue game as time permits or until the children’s attention wanes.

NOTE: There are also emotion cards with the pictures of the emotions on them that you can use to help discuss things or you can play Memory with them. If the children do not want to say the emotion during the game, they can hold up one of the cards to answer the questions.



Emotion Cards- Pictures of the emotions on cards that you can use to help discuss things or you can play Memory or Go Fish. If the children do not want to say the emotion during the game, they can hold up one of the cards to answer the questions.

Directions- Feel free to use this game as is or modify it to suit your needs. Print out Directions and put inside folder when not playing game.

Game Board- Print out Game Board, trim, and glue on the inside of the file folder. Laminate or cover file folder with clear contact paper to make it last.

Listen List- Read the phrase (with matching emotional inflection and facial expression) and the child will try to identify what emotion is depicted.

Think List- Read a situation and the children will try to identify how they would feel if that happened to them.





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