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GRATITUDE: Print + Digital SEL Game | Social Emotional Learning Card Game



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Looking for a fun game that encourages kids and teens to focus on the things they feel grateful for?  If so, you’ll love our  Gratitude Card Game! Inspired by positive psychology, the questions and prompts invite players to talk about the things that bring them joy and that they feel thankful for.  Playing the game is coping tool in and of itself, as research shows that that practice of gratitude is a stress management skill.


Ways You Can Use The Gratitude 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 gratitude coping tools activity for distance learning, teletherapy, or virtual small groups, we got you covered!


How to Play The Digital Gratitude Connect Game

Taking turns, players/teams choose a number based on the spot they would like to place their pawn. Then answer the corresponding gratitude question/prompt. 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 Gratitude Game

In the spirit of other popular shedding-type card games, the player to get rid of all their cards first 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 question or prompt about gratitude, that player shares their response. The player may choose to decline to respond by using 1 of their 2 Pass Tickets. Action 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 Gratitude Prompts!

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Individual + Group Counseling

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✔ The Gratitude Connect Game on Google Slides™


✔ TWO sets of The Gratitude 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


My students loved the game! It is fun and engaging while still teaching great skills. It is nice that they come in both black/white and color so you can save on ink if needed.

-Mandy E.

January 3, 2022, TPT Review



While school was at home, I used this with many grade levels as a way for everyone to remember that despite all the bad, there are things we can be grateful for. Great resource!

-School Counseling is Fun (TPT Seller) 

August 4, 2021, TPT Review 



The children enjoyed the game and they really got a good sense of the topic. The resource was also value for money. Thank you.

-Lee-Anne G.

March 8, 2021, TPT Review



I used this product in my Occupational Therapy Assisting program clinical work with adults who were part of a Day Therapy program. Many were recovering addicts or were homeless. I was so pleased that they all thoroughly enjoyed this activity and many of them requested that we “play” it week after week!!

Use this weekly in CYW sessions – good for different grades. All students enjoy playing this game and it starts great conversations.

-Shelley W.

March 4, 2020, TPT Review

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