Game 1 - Introduction
1. Pick the Level of Cards
Pick a level of difficulty and set the other cards aside. Shuffle the cards and place in a pile with picture-side up.
2. Discuss the Image
The first player, based on the top card image, answers the following questions:
- What do you see?
- What do you think?
The parent or educator will lead the discussion and encourage the conversation. The objective is to allow the child to openly share and nothing more. The parent or educator may ask other questions to stimulate the discourse.
- "I see two kids wearing sunglasses smiling."
- "I think they are having fun outside."
3. Flip the Card
The first player then flips the card, revealing the emotion and shape, then answers the following questions:
- When do you feel (emotion on card)?
- What colour shapes and how many do you see?
Again, the parent or educator should encourage conversation and ask more questions as the opportunity arises. Note a discussion explaining the emotion may be required which introduces new emotional vocabulary.
- "I am happy when I play with my toys."
- "That is a green square."
3. All Players Repeat
Each player repeats their turn including the parent or educator. It is very important the parent or educator earnestly participates as openly and transparently as appropriate. This provides safety to express, explore and encourage the children.
After children are used to the mechanics of the basic game, begin trying the other games for increased levels of learning.