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THE FEELINGS GAME FOR KIDS: Teaching Empathy and Emotion Identification



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Looking for a fun game about emotions for kids?  You’ll love our Feelings Card Game! The questions and prompts invite students to identify emotions, increase their feelings vocabulary, and build empathy.


Ways You Can Use The Feelings Game:

  • Small Groups for Social Emotional Learning Support and Skills Practice
  • Individual counseling sessions as an assessment tool.
  • The actual act of playing the game provides insight into children’s social skills, decision-making process, frustration tolerance, level of respect for rules & boundaries, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Playing also builds social skills!
  • Fun for Family Game Night!
  • Community and relationship building classroom group activity


Now Available in Both Print and Digital Game Formats

You now get to choose between playing the printable card game format or the digital Google Slides™ version.  So whether you are in person or need an interactive feelings and emotions activity for distance learning, teletherapy, or virtual small groups, we got you covered!


How to Play The Digital Feelings Connect Game

Taking turns, players/teams choose a number based on the spot they would like to place their pawn. Then answer the corresponding question/prompt about feelings. Move game pawn to cover the number just answered. Players continue to take turns answering questions/prompts and moving their pawn pieces until the first player/team has completed a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal line of either 4 or 5 in a row.

For a Free “Sample Example” of how the digital game works, please download my Conversation Starter Connect Game!


How to Play The Printable Feelings Game

In the spirit of other popular shedding-type card games, the player to get rid of all their cards first by wins. Players try to “match” the top card in the discard pile, by either laying down the same number, color (or shape, if using the black & white set), or type of action card. If the card contains a feelings question or prompt, that player shares their response. The player may choose to decline responding by using 1 of their 2 Pass Tickets. Actions cards add fun twists and turns to the game. Actions include:

  •  TAKE 3: The next person in line must take 3 cards before taking their turn.
  • ROTATE RIGHT / ROTATE LEFT: All players pass on, or “rotate,” their cards to either the left or right, so that everyone exchanges hands with each other.
  • GO AGAIN: Player gets to “go again,” gaining an additional turn.
  • FREE!: Player who discards a FREE card is “free” to choose a new color (or shape) for the discard pile and then discard an additional card based on the color (or shape) they changed it to.
  • FREE + SPY!: Player who discards a FREE+SPY card can spy on one player by peeking at their cards and then is “free” to choose a new color (or shape) for the discard pile and then discard an additional card based on the color (or shape) they changed it to.


Make sure to check out our FREE Feelings Mini-Thesaurus Printable!

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✔ The Feelings Connect Game on Google Slides™


✔ TWO sets of The Feelings Card Game: in both color AND black and white! So if you don’t have access to a color printer, no problem! You can download and print in black and white too! Instead of color, players match up cards with shapes!

✔ Detailed Game Directions

✔ Tips on how to use the Card Game as a Therapeutic Intervention

✔ Over 75 Questions & Prompts

✔ Action Cards

✔ Pass Tickets


I really liked this resource, but at first it was hard for me to use this virtually. I am really excited to be back in school to use it in person. I know the kids will love it!

-Kelsey G.

August 3, 2021, TPT Review



We played the feelings game in a small group setting and the students loved it and were super engaged! We even had a little competitiveness going, so not only were the students identifying feelings in different situations they were having fun doing it 🙂

-Tara H.

February 23, 2021, TPT Review



I’m really kicking myself for not buying your card game bundle to begin with 🙂 They are such a wonderful tool, and I love this topic, thank you!

-Katie W.

November 27, 2018, TPT Review



My students ask for this card game by name! Thank you for an amazing resource.

-Kristina P.

September 21, 2018, TPT Review



This feelings card game is awesome! The time it took to put together was well worth it. I’ve used it not just with groups but with my own children at home and every time we play everyone has such a good time (including myself!), even while talking about a subject that can be difficult for some children. Thank you!!

-Brian O.

December 17, 2017, TPT Review

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