Working with children brings out our creative side. We need to keep it fun, dynamic, engaging, while making sure each child feels they are in a safe space that allows them to feel comfortable sharing. Let’s Share! Is a great way to break the ice and engage pediatric patients as they observe us and absorb us demonstrating communication with our own emotions.
The inspirations behind “Lets’ Share!”:
Traditional Listening circles are a great way to create a safe space for sharing as the “rules” are: speak at your turn, no criticising, listen from the heart, speak from the heart. Some kids are shy or hesitant to participate at the beginning, by allowing them to sit in the “circle” and listen to others, they can observe and absorb and “jump in” when they feel ready.
Monkey see monkey do: often we realise that our kids are mirroring what they see at home. We all wish our children were a better version of us, isn’t that right? What better way to do that than to be a better version of ourselves? Even if you are an introvert yourself, the way to help your kiddo open up is to demonstrate the behavior you wish for them to have. Which means that by helping your child, you are actually using “Let’s Share” to allow your own E-motions monsters to shine!
"This is a card game for the whole family... It's an opportunity for caregivers, helpers, therapists to play while managing, dealing and expressing what kids are feeling
As a therapist working with children and families, I find the “Let’s share” card game a useful tool for allowing children to express their feelings and improve their social skills.
The game offers play therapy, as children take turns and listen to others. The adult can give advice to the presented issue and use emotional language. The child uses drama as a vehicle to explore situations (often everyday situations) that can be challenging and in his turn, the adult can model alternative ways to react and solve problems.
For parents, it is a great opportunity to share some of their own childhood experience, while at the same time get a sense of how their children experience their environment. In this way, they normalize the emotions that come up, and create better communication within the family.
For clinicians it is a playful way to engage children with drama therapy, and explore more of the child’s world.
In times when children need to understand emotions and social acts while their faces are covered with masks, I recommend playing this game in a school setting, using masks, and try to deliver emotions with words and body expressions, in that way children will have a better understanding of each other.