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Jenga Questions Cards and Emotional Towers: Play Therapy Game

Get To Know You Cards

  • What do you like to do in your free time?
  • Do you have any pets?
  • What is your favorite food?
  • What is your favorite band?
  • If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
  • If you won the lottery, what would you do?
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?
  • Where is your favorite place?
  • What is your biggest dream?
  • What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?
  • What is one thing you wish more people knew about you?
  • What is something you learned in the last week?
  • What story does your family always tell about you?
  • What is your favorite animal?
  • Who is your favorite actor?
  • What is your favorite restaurant?
  • What is your favorite color?
  • What is your favorite ice cream?
  • What is your favorite movie?
  • What is the best thing about being you?
  • What is your favorite TV show?
  • How many times have you moved?
  • Do you have a best friend?
  • What is your favorite holiday?
  • Who is your favorite teacher?
  • What are your favorite hobbies?
  • Have you ever won anything big?
  • Describe yourself in three words.
  • How do you get along with your siblings or
  • how do you feel about being an only child?
  • What is your most fond memory?
  • What is your favorite subject in school?
  • What do you like most about how you look?
  • If you could get a round-tip ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • If you had kids, what would you do differently than your parents did with you?
  • What is the biggest difference between what happens on TV and in the real world?
  • If you could permanently trade lives with someone, who would it be with?
  • If you could change one thing about your parents, what would it be?
  • If you were given $1000 to help other people, how would you use it?
  • What is something you are good at?
  • What do you get complimented on the most?
  • What is your biggest achievement?
  • What is your least favorite subject in school?
  • What are your biggest strengths?
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?
  • What is your favorite sport?
  • Where were you born?
  • What thing have adults told you that you suspect are not true?
  • Do you think boys or girl have it easier?
  • Who in your life do you admire most?

Get To Know You Cards (Deeper)

  • What is your biggest fear?
  • What is a chore that you hate doing?
  • What’s the hardest thing you have ever done?
  • What is the most trouble you have ever been in with your parents?
  • What is the most trouble you have ever been in at school?
  • What makes you the most nervous?
  • Have you ever lost someone close to you?
  • What would you do if you knew the world was ending next week?
  • What is the dumbest thing you have ever done?
  • What is one of your biggest weaknesses?
  • Have you ever lost a friend?
  • What bothers you most about your mom?
  • What bothers you most about your dad?
  • What do you do to cope when you get worried or sad?
  • What do you deeply want out of life?
  • What is the hardest thing about being a kid?
  • Describe a time when you felt scared?
  • What is the sickest you have ever felt?
  • Who is your least favorite person?
  • When was the last time you cried?
  • What about yourself are you most embarrassed about?
  • What is your most embarrassing moment?
  • If you could change one thing about how you looked, what would it be?
  • What is your biggest regret?
  • What is the scariest thing you have ever done?
  • What is the meanest thing you have ever done to someone?
  • What is the meanest thing anyone has ever said and done to you?
  • If you could change one things about your life, what would it be?
  • What is something you have lied to your parents about?
  • What is the worst that you have been hurt or betrayed by a friend?
  • What do you think about being in therapy?
  • How do your parents discipline you?
  • What has been one of your biggest challenges?
  • What is something that you do not want your parents to know about you?
  • How would things be different if you were never born?
  • What adult would you go to first if you had a serious problem?
  • Have you ever cheated on a test?
  • Would you consider yourself impulsive?
  • How would you describe your childhood?
  • When did you get yourself in the biggest mess by telling a lie?
  • Describe a nightmare that you can remember?
  • What is the hardest thing about growing up?
  • If your house burned down, who would your family stay with?
  • Have you ever been humiliated?
  • Have you ever had a boyfriend or girlfriend?
  • What are the stupidest rules you parents have?
  • Have you ever used drugs?
  • What is something no one knows about you?
  • What do you want to do after high school?
  • What are you thoughts and feelings about moving onto high school?

Feelings Cards

  • Describe a time when you felt angry.
  • Describe a time when you felt disgusted.
  • Describe a time when you felt happy.
  • Describe a time when you felt depressed.
  • Describe a time when you felt frustrated.
  • Describe a time when you felt jealous.
  • Describe a time when you felt proud.
  • Describe a time when you felt caring.
  • Describe a time when you felt disappointed.
  • Describe a time when you felt guilty.
  • Describe a time when you felt bored.
  • Describe a time when you felt stupid.
  • Describe a time when you were grieving.
  • Describe a time when you felt paranoid.
  • Describe a time when you felt satisfied.
  • Describe a time when you felt suspicious.
  • Describe a time when you felt sad.
  • Describe a time when you felt surprised.
  • Describe a time when you felt determined.
  • Describe a time when you felt shy.
  • Describe a time when you felt embarrassed.
  • Describe a time when you felt curious.
  • Describe a time when you felt confused.
  • Describe a time when you felt withdrawn.

Anger Cards

  • How would you react if someone insulted you?
  • How would you react if someone insulted someone in your family?
  • How would you react if someone spread a nasty rumor about you?
  • What would you do if someone was bullying you?
  • What would you do if your parents said no do going to a party you really wanted to attend?
  • How would you react if you found out a friend had been talking about you behind your back?
  • Describe a time when you had an angry outburst What could you have done differently?
  • Describe a time when you did not express yourself in a helpful way.  What could you have done differently?
  • What is the angriest you have ever been?
  • What is something that your mom does that makes you angry?
  • What is something that your dad does that makes you angry?

Child Conflict Resolution Cards

  • Sarah is hogging all of the markers that you want to use.  What would you do?
  • Jake says “your dad looks like porky the pig.”  What would you do?
  • Your friend makes fun of your glasses and thinks it is funny.  What would you do?
  • Your sister wants to borrow your new sweater, but she hasn’t given back other things she borrowed a long time ago.  What would you do?
  • Maria was sure she left her crayons on her desk but they are gone.  She knows Jane lost hers so she calls her a thief.  What could she have done?
  • Luke is trying to tell his mom something cool that happened at school but she is watching TV and not listening so he throws his she at the TV. What could she have done?
  • Martin is mad at you because he thinks that you said mean things about him behind his back, but you didn’t.  You yell at him. What could you have done?
  • A bully says “give me your lunch money” and you give it to him.  What else could you have done?
  • You make Paul mad and he says he is going to beat you up after school.  What would you do?
  • Jose’s mom can’t take you guys to the park and he wants to sneak out and go anyway.  What would you do?
  • Martha made up a game that you think might be kind of dangerous and wants you to play with her.  What would you do?
  • Your ball went across a busy street that you aren’t allowed to cross.  What would you do?

Teen Problem Solving Cards

  • What would you do if you went to a party where everyone was drinking?
  • What would you do if you received an F on a big test?  Who would you tell?
  • What would you do if someone offered you drugs?
  • What would you do if your friend told you that they were being abused?
  • What would you do if you saw someone being bullied?
  • What would you say to a friend whose mother just died?
  • What would you do if you had the opportunity to cheat on a test?
  • What would you do if your boyfriend or girlfriend was pressuring you to “go further” than you were comfortable with?
  • What would you do if your parents said no do going to a party you really wanted to attend?
  • How would you react if someone insulted you?
  • How would you react if someone insulted someone in your family?
  • How would you react if you found out a friend had been talking about you behind your back?
  • How would you react if someone spread a nasty rumor about you?
  • What would you do if your friend disclosed you biggest secret?
  • How would you tell your parents that you were failing a class?
  • What would you do if someone called you a name?
  • How would you tell someone that they hurt your feelings?
  • What would you do if you found out your friend or sibling was doing something dangerous?
  • What is something that your mom does that makes you angry?
  • What would you do if someone was bullying you?
  • How would you go about telling you parents something really hard?
  • Describe your body language when you are talking to someone.
  • How would you try to make friends with someone?
  • How would you ask someone if you can join their game?
  • What would you do if everyone in your family forgot your birthday?
  • What would you do if you heard someone breaking into your house?
  • What would you do if you found out you were adopted?
  • What would you do if your parents told you that they were getting a divorce?
  • What would you do if your parents lost their jobs?
  • If you could either be the most attractive, most athletic or the smartest, what would you choose?
  • Is there anything so bad that if you found out your mother had done it, you would turn her into the police?
  • How would you act if your friend gave you a gift that you didn’t like?
  • What would you do if your friend threw a party and didn’t invite you?
  • What would you do if someone asked you to send them inappropriate pictures of yourself?
  • Describe a time when you had an angry outburst What could you have done differently?
  • Describe a time when you compromised successfully. How did you come to an agreement?
  • How could you make conversation with someone you just met?
  • Describe a time when you did not express yourself in a helpful way.  What could you have done differently?
  • What are 3 ways you could start a conversation with someone?
  • What would you do if someone in your family became seriously ill?

Below is a link to a FREE PDF for Jenga Getting to know you labels to print, cut and glue onto Jenga – use this format to add more of your own therapeutic questions.

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Emotional Towers: Play Therapy Game

Conventional social skills are developed relatively easily for most children. However, some have significant difficulty expressing the most simple emotions.
For most of us, when some one says “hello” to us, we can easily understand their intended meaning. But the expression is so much more than the word itself.

What is our new friend’s body posture? Does he distance himself from us or does he crowd our personal space? Does he reach out his hand to shake ours or does he just stand there? Why would someone want to shake our hand anyway? Isn’t that how diseases are spread? Is he trying to give us something? If it’s a cold, I don’t want it!
What does his face look like? Is he smiling, frowning, or scolding us? What is his voice saying? If he is quiet is he trying to be sneaky? Is he loud because I did something wrong? 
We can’t forget the eyes. Those dirty little windows to the soul. Why does he not look at us? Why does he look at us? Is there something wrong with me? Do we have something on our face? Why should we look at him?
Of course this little scenario does not begin to address all the subtleties of human communication. It does however underly the fact that interpersonal communication is hard. It is difficult for all children, but especially those with special developmental or emotional needs.
The development of an emotional vocabulary is a crucial component of a child’s social and emotional development. It is difficult to express any emotion or feeling if we do not have it in our working lexicon. 
Nothing is more frustrating than the expression “I’m bored.” You should not allow your child to use it without explaining why they are bored. The word “bored” is just a generic way to express another more complex emotion.
The “tower of emotions” play therapy game is a simple game that is fun to play and works to build the child’s (or adult’s) emotional vocabulary. All you need is a Jenga Game. Print a list of emotions for children, then write a variety of of these emotions on the individual blocks.
It is played just like Jenga, with a twist. Every time the player pulls out a block, they must act out the emotion written on the block. The counselor or Parent will encourage conversation about the emotion. Another variation is to ask the player to talk about what makes or triggers the expressed emotion for them.
This play therapy game can be especially effective in families where there is a need for emotional interaction between siblings or parents. 


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Related Links on the Blog:
  • Click Here for “Get to know you Games” (M&M and get to know your neighbor game)
  • Click Here for a Post with More “Get to Know You Games” ~ free printable board game & All About Me Worksheets!
  • Click Here for Feelings Tic-Tac-Toe Game (free printable)
  • Click Here for Details on Playing Pictionary for Family Game Night
  • Click Here for my post containing many FREE printable Feeling Charts.
  • Click Here for my post containing many FREE Emotion Cards.
  • Click Here for 3 free worksheets/activities teach kids emotional mental health skills (chutes & ladders to teach rewards/consequences; journal prompts for boys – summer theme & Lego Activity practice following directions)
  • Click Here for Operation Game used to teach kids Social Emotional Skills (free printable cards)
  • Click Here for Uno Dare Card game with an extra twist to make it into a Family Bonding Game!
  • Click Here for Anger Alternatives Game “Don’t Get Mad” (free printable – all you need is a penny & players!)
  • Click Here for Social Emotional Trivia Game (Divorce) and Friendship Cards – free printable
  • Click Here for 5 Family Night Games that only require paper & a pencil
  • Click Here for Fortune Tellers, Activities and Games for Autistic Kids (many free printable)
  • Click Here for Tips on How to Make Friends and A Game (Back to school theme)
  • Click Here for Classic Board Games with a Therapeutic Twist (Jenga, Sorry, Candyland, Pick Up the Sticks, Connect Four)

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