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THE GROWTH MINDSET GAME: A Fun SEL Activity About Grit and Resilience



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Looking for a fun game to teach kids all about developing a growth mindset?  You’ll love our Growth Mindset Card Game!  When students play this game, they will learn about grit, making mistakes, setting goals, solving problems, and resilience.


Ways You Can Use The Growth Mindset 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 growth mindset game for distance learning, teletherapy, or virtual small groups, we got you covered!


How to Play The Digital Growth Mindset Connect Game

Taking turns, players/teams choose a number based on the spot they would like to place their pawn. Then answer the corresponding growth mindset 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 Growth Mindset Card 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 question or prompt about growth mindset, 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  What to Tell Myself When I Feel Discouraged Growth Mindset Poster!


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✔ The Growth Mindset Connect Game on Google Slides™


✔ TWO sets of The Growth Mindset 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


Super fun activity for our mind-up time! My students were very engaged and actively talking about mindfulness during the game.

-Kaitlyn G.

November 3, 2020, TPT Review



This is a great twist on the game “Uno”. My kids love it and it is easy to understand the rules. I like that it’s not to complicated!

-Denise C.

January 8, 2020, TPT Review


I used this for my small group Social Skills to reinforce the Growth Mindset concepts. Students loved it! Very engaging!

-Courtney F.

October 4, 2020, TPT Review



OMG! I just finished printing 2 sets of The Growth Mindset Card Game and I am so excited to have my kids play this game. Question: How many kids are able to play with one deck?

-Kathleen B.

July 8, 2019, TPT Review



This game helps my class in many ways. We love to use this whole group or small group as needed.

-Krissa H.

February 15, 2020, TPT Review

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