Feelings Bingo is an interactive game for children that uses play to teach empathy and nurture emotional intelligence, EQ. This interactive game (22-page printable download) helps children 3 years of age and older to constructively express emotions by recognizing and labelling six feelings including Happy, Sad, Angry, Scared, Calm, and Kind. It is ideal for use in homes, classrooms, counseling groups, and more, and it can be adapted for use with verbal and non-verbal students.
Teach empathy and nurture emotional intelligence.
20 Unique BINGO Cards
6 Feeling Calling Cards
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Effective in groups both large or small, the facilitator draws and announces the emotion featured on the pulled Feeling card. Now, the card is brought to life by inviting players to talk about the emotion. Ask children to make a face to represent each emotion that is pulled, to act each new emotion out, or to share a time when they felt the emotion featured on the card. When children have a match for the card drawn on their playing card, they mark the spot with a card marker.
Additional Feeling Cards are drawn and talked about until one child or more yells "BINGO" to signify that they have three markers in a row on their game card. To further reinforce the learning, the facilitator can ask children with winning cards to name and/or act out the emotions they have marked.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHEN SHOULD I PLAY FEELINGS BINGO WITH MY CHILD?
There is almost never a “wrong time” to play Feelings Bingo with your kids. Bingo games for kids are fun - for the whole family - and a great way to teach children empathy, emotional intelligence, and constructive ways to express their emotions.
You can play this children’s game before or after a meal or in the morning on weekends. Perhaps the only bad time to play emotional bingo is before bedtime as it might keep the kids from falling asleep. After all, when people become emotional getting to sleep on time is difficult.
Learning to interact with peers, control behavior, and regulate emotions take a long time for children to develop and is completed in young adulthood. Feelings Bingo and similar children’s games can help indicate whether your child’s social-emotional skills are developing normally.
SHOULD I REWARD MY CHILD IF THEY WIN IN FEELINGS BINGO?
You should definitely reward your child if they win - psychologists worldwide have embraced the idea of rewards. Additionally, feel free to add variations to Feelings Bingo to expand a child’s vocabulary in expressing emotions. A variation could be asking a child to define the featured emotion or to use it in a sentence. This can help children in terms of safety - if a child is feeling unsafe, being able to express their emotions will be of great advantage to them.
Reward your child by spending more time with them and giving them affection. Love as a reward is the best way for a child to learn that a parent approves of their behavior. Another possible reward could be giving them extra time to spend with friends.
EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDREN
Generally, children can take turns playing with toys, follow simple rules in games, and experience many different emotions, like joy, fear, anger, jealousy, and boredom between the ages of 3 and 4 years. Typically, they will join or initiate games with other children and invent games at this time too. They might be defiant and bossy and begin showing more independence. They will become less egocentric, more cooperative and even-tempered with parents.
Perhaps your child is not exhibiting all of these development characteristics. Please note that this is not a red flag - not all children will show them. Sometimes, parents or caregivers are concerned that their children don’t seem able to join or initiate play with their peers, can’t share with other children, or have difficulty separating from them (the parent or caregiver). Sometimes, they seem overly dependent. They lack flexibility and become very upset when a routine is changed.
Feelings Bingo can help shed light on these issues. You’ll notice if they fail to recognize an emotion or perceive it as something different from what it is in essence. You’ll notice if the child is too fearful, passive, or tends to dwell on certain emotions and feelings while ignoring or showing disinterest in others. The bingo cards included in the game cover a wide variety of emotions and help encourage and develop an understanding of them.
Children between 4 and 5 years of age will also benefit from playing Feelings Bingo because it supports certain processes a child typically goes through at that period in their life. These include having and expressing greater awareness of other people’s feelings, getting better at sharing, playing games with rules, and showing an awareness of good and bad behavior.
Playing Feelings Bingo for children can help if you find your child has extreme fears that interfere with daily activities. You’ll see which negative emotions they dwell on and talk about them. Do they experience certain emotions often? When do they have these feelings most often? What activities do they associate them with? These are all questions Emotions Bingo can help you find answers to.
Recognition of one’s own and others’ feelings helps develop friendships and brings about greater enjoyment of social interaction, for which children need to develop social skills and competences. With that, children learn to control anger and frustration better. You’ll know this has happened if you notice they can focus on a tough task for a longer period of time. Feelings activities can also help bring about understanding of right and wrong and help teach children to listen while others are speaking.
WHAT OTHER ACTIVITIES SHOULD I DO WITH MY CHILD?
Feelings activities like the Time-in Toolkit will help create a supportive and inspiring environment for the whole family. In such a space, children are free to work through their emotions and express them, which My Feelings Card Set can also help with. The Time in Toolkit involves creating a small, physical calming space. You can teach children to use this space by demonstrating its benefits to them – a place where they feel calm and relaxed.
Finally, playing PeaceMakers with your children can help connect your feelings and ideas in a natural way. This game is played with cards that deliver inspiring messages that are aimed at fostering emotional intelligence, including confidence and self-esteem.