The idea of the Stop, Relax & Think game is exactly that-- learning how to stop, relax, and think in difficult situations. The goal of this game is to help impulsive children to learn to communicate their emotions, improve their problem solving skills, slow down and think before they act.
Use this game at home, in the classroom, or in therapy settings to teach kids all about managing stress and anxiety. Players are encouraged to cooperate with each other and begin conversation about the topics discussed. Be sure to take time during the game to explain and expand on topics as needed-- these cards are designed to provide plenty of learning opportunities!
To play, each player is given six cards. Each card belongs to one of three suits-- Feeling, Relaxing, and Thinking. The goal of the game is to complete all three suits by acquiring each type of card. Players will go around in a circle, taking cards from the draw pile and adding them to their hand.
For each card drawn, the player will then demonstrate how to act out the scenario on the card. Feeling cards are designed to help students understand their feelings and build empathy. Relaxing cards feature different relaxation techniques students practice while playing. Thinking cards challenge kids to think about problems prior to acting. Stop cards mean that the player must lose a turn. This presents to players the opportunity to cope with unexpected events.
For older kids, this game can be modified with three optional card types-- Stressed, Confused, and Discouraged. If a player draws a Stressed card, they must ask another player for a Relaxing card and demonstrate the relaxing technique. If a Confused card is drawn, the player must ask for a Thinking card, and talk about a plan that would fit the card's prompt. If the player draws a Discouraged Card, they may ask for any card they need. However, first they must say an encouraging statement to the player whom the card is from.
The cards in this box are: 16 Feeling, 16 Relaxing, 16 Thinking, and 9 Stop cards. There are also 3 extra cards for older kids titled: stressed, confused, and discouraged. This game is for ages 6-12 with 2-4 players at a time.