Posted in Emotions, Indoor Play, Therapy

Tic-Tac-Toe – Feelings Game

Here is a FREE PDF printable with instructions and a feelings board to use: Feelings-tic-tac-toe20140408_0005

Other Versions of the Game:


Emotions Tic-Tac-Toe: 

Turn a piece of paper into a tic-tac-toe board by dividing it into nine squares.  Have the client assign an emotion to each square, drawing a picture of the feeling and labeling it with the emotion.  You can then play tic-tac-toe with the client using small items like coins or buttons as markers so that the tic-tac-toe board can be reused.  When each person places their mark, they must make a sentence about the feeling.  For example, “I feel happy when I play with my friends” or “When I am sad, I like to get a hug from my mom.”  Parents should use self-disclosure to help normalize and model sharing about feelings.  If your child does not wish to share about themselves, they can make sentences about others, such as “Some kids feel sad when they get a bad grade.” Never force a child to share about themselves of they do not want to.  If a child has a lot of trouble sharing about their own feelings, you can also assign each feeling face a name.  This allows a little more separation and safety as the child can make the sentence about someone else: “John feels mad when his sister takes his toys.”

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Click here with my post that contains a collection of Feeling or Emotion Charts – all free printable!

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Mother, Pediatric Nurse and a Trail Blazer for Positive Change.

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