If you’re reading this, you probably care quite a bit about your child’s ability to process feelings, demonstrate self-regulation and be a kind, empathetic person. This is so important, right? Probably more so than academic skills like reading and math ( in my humble opinion). Social emotional skills will be the backbone of your child’s relationships and overall happiness. And these are skills your child isn’t born knowing. They are skills that have to be taught!
So why are there so few toys and games that address feelings and other emotions? Does our society place more importance on achievement than on being a nice person? I hope not. But, look for reading and math games. They’re everywhere! Social emotional games, not so much.
Still, I was able to find a few awesome games that you can play with your child while also helping him or her work on processing feelings and social situations. Added bonus: They are from amazing companies like Petit Collage, Eeboo and Peaceable Kingdom so they are really visually appealing and would make great gifts.
I Heard Your Feelings Flashcards by Eeboo
Ages 3 and up $13.95
Follow the prompts on these beautiful flashcards to help your child recognize facial expressions and practice navigating social situations.
Watch This Face Matching Puzzle Game by Eeboo
Ages 3 and up $18.95
This cool puzzle matching game helps children pair social situations with the responses that often come next. A perfect way to practice predicting how someone will feel after a certain situation happens.
Memory Game (Feelings) by Petit Collage
Ages 3 and up $16.00
Includes 24 delightfully chunky round cards representing 12 feelings. You could match them or play memory, depending on your child’s age and ability.
Friends and Neighbors: The Helping Game by Peaceable Kingdom
Ages 3 and up $15.99
Players reach into a “helping bag” to get a token. Can the token help another player in the game? Its all about recognizing what the other players need and helping them!
Ages 5 and up $14.00
This deck of flashcards introduces a variety of social situations and the responses that are typically expected. This would be great for discussing before school or a playdate (or after a vexing social situation).
Ages 3 and up $12.99
Helps children identify and communicate feelings while helping them explore why they feel that way. Designed to help children get to know themselves and others better.
Daniel Tiger’s Welcome to Mainstreet Game by Briarpatch
Ages 3 and up $17.00
No social emotional list would be complete without Daniel Tiger. This game visits the Neighborhood of Make Believe where children have to collect items for their backpacks, all while being polite and helpful.
Let Them Fly!