While anger is a normal human response to unmet goals or unfair treatment, uncontrolled anger becomes a problem when it is felt too intensely, or too frequently, or is expressed inappropriately.
Learning how to control angry feelings is a vital aspect of healthy social and emotional development. The game box contains four card games that address these feelings by focusing on three essential skills for controlling anger:
- PAUSE and identify additional feelings.
- REWIND and learn from past mistakes.
- FAST FORWARD and think ahead about potential consequences.
The game uses the above remote control symbols to facilitate learning the skills. There are both competitive and cooperative versions for grades 1-5 and for grades 6-9. The two age groups have separate decks of cards.
During the game players read brief case studies adapted from the angry behavior of real kids. Players then practice one of the three essential skills described above. All players practice all three skills during the course of the game.
In addition to practicing the three skills, players practice planning ahead and social skills as well as exercising frustration tolerance. Players:
- learn to profit from previous mistakes
- learn to anticipate consequences
- learn to stop and think before acting
- learn to strategize and plan ahead
- learn to do a better job handling frustrations
- work together cooperatively
- improve problem-solving skills
- learn the value of anger control
Playing time: between 25 minutes and 50 minutes. Players: 2 – 5. Suitable for grades 2-9 (two sets of cards are included, one each for grades 2-5 and 6-9). 2009.