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25 Best Expressive Emotions Games for Teaching Feelings and Skills

Updated: Jun 5

These fun feelings games focus on teaching, understanding, and expression emotions.

Emotions games help therapy clients and students learn to identify and express their feelings. A student plays an emotions game in this image.

Ready to roll the therapy dice? How about name that feeling? If these games don’t have you laughing they might bring you to tears.

Feelings games are a great way to teach emotions in an interactive and fun way. They work with individual therapy, in groups and classrooms, and with home-schooling. Here’s a comprehensive list to get you started with teaching emotions through play.

Let the games begin!

Emotions Games Highlights

This infographic shows four emotions game focused on feelings discussion prompts and fun activities to keep groups engaged.

The most important thing with emotions games is to be flexible. Let your group set the tone. Feel free to change up the game, or allow group members to play by their own rules.

If you're using games via telehealth, get creative. Nearly any game can be adapted to play through the screen. Here are some games to get you started in-person or online.


This is an infographic showing the game FEELOPOLY, which focuses on identifying and validating emotions.

Best for: Kids, Teens Works with: Individual therapy, groups, telehealth with adaptation

FEELOPOLY is a Monopoly-inspired feeling game that brings the emotions wheel to life. It focuses on core feeling skills including:

  • Naming emotions

  • Recognizing physical sensations

  • Validating and accepting emotions in yourself

  • Validating and accepting emotions in others

  • Use of coping skills

How it works

Unlike traditional Monopoly, Feelopoly is a cooperative game. It works best for groups of 2 (which can include a therapist) to around 6. The game includes various feelings on the board, along with prompt cards.

The goal is to validate (complete) each emotion on the board, as a group. Players take turns, either landing on a feeling or a prompt card. They then complete the corresponding skill or discussion prompt.


The game progresses until all feelings are “validated,” or time runs out. Example prompts include:

  • What’s something that might make someone really anxious?

  • Name a feeling you’ve had recently. What was going on?

  • Do you think it’s okay to cry? Why or why not?

The game also includes emojis on the board, with prompts of their own. When players land on an emoji they assign it a feeling word (ie, happy) and choose from a prompt option, such as “What does this emotion feel like in your body?”

2. Feel, Act, & Draw

This infographic shows the feelings game Feel, Act, & Draw, inspired by Pictionary and Charades but focused on feelings.

Works with: Kids, Teens, Families, Young Adults, College Students, Energetic Adults

Best for: In-person, telehealth with adaptation

Looking for a fun and energetic feelings game for tweens, teens, or college students? Give Feel, Act, & Draw a try. It combines discussion prompts, Pictionary-type clues, and charades into one active feelings game.

Players round the game board, seeing how many prompts they can compete as a team or group. The game can be played one-on-one in therapy, in a small group, or in a large group or classroom. It also has cooperative or competitive options.


Players act or draw out feelings words or scenarios, such as:

  • Frustrated

  • Crying at a sad movie

  • Feeling love for my pet

The discussion questions mixed into the game include questions such as:

  • Do you think having people to talk to makes someone feel better? Why or why not?

  • Have you ever been mad at someone and then found out you misunderstood? What was that like?

  • Is it possible to have more than one feeling at once? If you think it is, give an example.

3. Feelings Tumbling Blocks

Best for: Kids, Teens, Families, Young Adults Works with: In-person, individual sessions, groups

Feelings Tumbling Blocks is perhaps one of the most popular games for teaching feelings to kids, teens, and families. It’s played with a traditional (or generic) tumbling blocks set. You can create your own tumbling game prompts, or purchase pre-made prompts or stickers.

Questions are applied to each piece, or colors are added to represent various prompts. This particular block sticker set, which you can download and print, is focused specifically on feelings. It includes feeling words, as well as prompts that encourage talking about emotions.


Examples include:

  • What if someone had hurt feelings after something you said. What would you do?

  • What is a feeling you don’t like having? Explain why.

  • What happens when you get really scared? Do you run, freeze, want to fight, or something else?

  • Angry (Describe a time you felt this way)

4. Happy Dragon

Best for: Kids Works with: In-person, individuals, groups

This is a GIF infographic that shows the cards from Happy Dragon, a printable emotions card game based on Old Maid.

Happy Dragon is based on the mechanics of the game "Old-Maid," except you want to be the one holding the wild card (Happy Dragon) at the end.

You can play the game as is, or you can add prompts so that players discuss the feelings they match up. The Happy Dragon game is part of a set that includes dragon and unicorn flashcards as well. Visit here to download it and play today.

5. Emotions Match

Best for: Kids Works with: In-person, individuals, groups

A gif infographic that shows the matching of shame and excited cards in the feelings therapy game Emotions Match.

The Emotions Match game is based on the traditional Match Game. However, instead of matching up the same images, you match up the feeling faces/body language with the words that go with them. So the happy face goes with the happy card, angry image with the angry card, and so on.

The game is a fun way for kids to learn feelings and develop empathy. You can discuss the difference between nuanced emotions, while having fun with the cute dragon and unicorn art.

The game comes with the larger Magical Emotions deck. Visit here to check it out.

6. Go Feel!

Best for: Kids Works with: In-person, individuals, groups

Gif infographic of Go Feel! the therapy game that works like Go-Fish but focuses on feelings.

Go Feel! is the third game that comes with the Magical Emotions cards. It's inspired by Go Fish and works with the same basic mechanics.

However, you can ask players to stop and discuss each emotion as it's played. Or, you can require a certain prompt, such as "Give an example of something that makes you happy," when a pair is played.

You can get Go Feel as part of the package with the other emotions card games. Visit here to learn more.

Infographic of an emotions card decks that's printable and great for kids.

7. CBT Island Quest

An infographic showing the CBT Island Quest CBT board game, which reviews connections between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

Works best with: Kids, Teens, College Students, Some Adults

Best for: In-person, telehealth with adaptation, groups

CBT Island Quest is created from a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) perspective, so it covers topics including feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. It follows an island theme, with different areas of the board representing skills commonly used in CBT therapy.

It can be used to teach basic CBT skills, and works even better for groups that already have a basic understanding of CBT. However, if you slow the game down you can use the prompts as a way to teach the skills.

The CBT board game progresses around the island (game board) with color-coded stepping stones that correspond with prompt cards. The cards cover mindfulness and CBT categories.


Prompts vary from the basic to more advanced, such as:

  • What are the three corners of the CBT/cognitive triangle?

  • What’s the difference between a thought and a feeling?

  • Explain how changing a thought can change a feeling

8. The Greatest DBT Board Game

An infographic showing the Greatest DBT Board Game which covers the four elements of DBT skills, including emotional regulation.

Works best with: Any DBT group including teens and adults

Best for: In-person, telehealth with adaptation, groups

The Greatest DBT Board Game uses a carnival theme, with different areas of the carnival corresponding to DBT skills. The fun game board includes the emotional roller coaster, Ferris wheel of distress, and the mindfulness tent.

It covers the basic DBT categories, including emotional regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness, and interpersonal skills.


The game provides a fun structure for learning and reviewing DBT skills, and is appropriate for any DBT group. The prompts range from the basic to the more in-depth. Example questions include:

  • Give an example of using the opposite action skill to cope with an emotion.

  • Describe emotional overload, or give an example of when you’ve experienced it.

  • Name one of the five senses and give an example of using it to self-soothe.

9. CBT Lingo

This infographic shows CBT Lingo, a Bingo-style game that includes CBT prompts on 10 unique playing cards. It's a helpful game for teaching and reviewing CBT.

Works With: Kids, Teens, Families, Young Adults, Colleges and Classrooms, Any Group Best for: In-person, telehealth

CBT Lingo, a CBT Bingo-type game, is set up like traditional Bingo but with CBT prompts. It’s a bit more in-depth than novelty bingo cards that are the same. Instead, there are 10 unique playing cards so that players can have a real competitive game.

However, to earn a square on the board, someone must answer the prompt for that space. There are 75 CBT-related prompts included, which are mixed up on the Bingo cards (like the numbers in real Bingo). You can play the game with the calling numbers from a real game, or print out ones from the game.

The game includes mindfulness, thought-related, and feeling-related prompts. Questions include feelings-related questions, such as changing or coping with difficult emotions.


Example prompts include:

  • What’s one coping skill you use

  • What’s emotional reasoning?

  • What is the mind-reading distortion?

10. Printable Therapy Dice

An infographic of the printable therapy dice, including feelings words, DBT skills, coping skills, and more.

Works best with: Kids, Teens, Families, Some Adult Groups Best for: In-person, groups

Therapy Dice is another printable game that uses paper dice and prompts. There are multiple variations. It includes general emotions-related questions, along with specific approaches such as CBT, DBT, and ACT therapy.

If you’d rather not print the dice, you can also use traditional dice and the corresponding prompts that use corresponding numbers. This is a fun and active game for groups that may need to move around more.


Example prompts include:

  • Describe or make up a way that you can use your senses as a grounding activity.

  • Describe the wise mind skill

  • Lead a grounding activity

There are also basic feelings dice with feeling words listed on each side. This allows for flexible use of the dice. For example, someone might give an example of when they’ve had that feeling. Or they might describe what the feeling is like in the body.

An infographic of a bundle of three therapy games covering CBT, DBT, and coping skills.

11. Guess the Feeling PBS Game

Looking for an online game for younger kids to practice with feelings? Guess the Feeling is a Daniel Tiger game available on PBS. It includes bright colors with friendly characters (even if they might be angry sometimes). Kids can practice guessing the feeling based on the facial expression of the characters. You can check out the game here.

12. TF-CBT Triangle of Life

The TF-CBT Triangle of Life app game helps kids individually identify thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It's built to support trauma-focused CBT therapy with children, but is appropriate for any child learning CBT in therapy. Lean more here or look it up on your device.

13. What are They Feeling?

Looking for an adult version of the “what’s that feeling” game? It provides historical images and drawings of faces, giving the viewer a chance to guess the intended emotion. Then it gives away the origin and intent of the artist. This is a short but interesting online activity for adults. Check it out here.

14. How are You Feeling?

This is another kid-friendly emotion-guessing activity for kids. It is most appropriate for around 6 and under. It’s a Tiny Tap game and a great way to introduce children to emotional awareness. Learn more here.

15. Ready for Preschool: Feelings

This Disney Now game for 6 and under uses baby animals to make feelings more accessible for younger kids. The animals are fun and cute and walk kids through emotions. Visit it here.

16. Emotional Roller Coaster

Don’t we all wish we’d had the idea for this clever game first? The Emotional Roller Coaster is a kids anger management game focused on coping skills and problem-solving. It includes a game board and prompts. Learn more.

17. Emotions Memory Game

This game is for kids 6-ish and younger, but it might be fun for all ages if you’re nostalgic for the Match game. Instead of turning over matching words or images, you try to match the face with the corresponding emotion. Play it here.

18. Emoji Cards

Looking for a simple, tangible card game or feeling flashcards? Emoji Cards may be it. The cards include emojis that you can use to practice discussing or identifying feelings. See more here.

19. My Feelings Game

This popular game is supported by autism advocates. It includes several types of cards and a game board focused on understanding and reacting to emotions. It also includes movement activities to keep kids engaged. Get more details here.

20. Mad Dragon

Need help with anger-management for older kids? Mad Dragon is created for kids 6 to 12 who need help with strong emotions. It helps kids understand anger and how to deal with it safely. See examples and get the game here.

21. Mixed Emotions Game

The Mixed Emotions game focuses on feelings identification and scenarios for kids and teens. It uses a CBT-perspective. The game includes a unique board and playing prompt cards. See examples and check it out here.

22. No Waries

This is a quick card game focused on emotional vocabulary. It's in a competitive style, with high-card warring. The player with the highest card must use the feeling word in a sentence to win the hand. Check out No Waries here.

23. Don't Go Bananas

the Don't Go Bananas game uses CBT techniques to deal with emotional regulation. It even includes challenging of cognitive distortions, with semi-cooperative play. Get more details on the game here.

24. CBTiger

CBTiger covers emotional awareness, coping skills, and social skills. The colorful card include cute, emotional animals. Game players answer prompts and discuss how they might handle various situations. Visit CBTiger here.

25. Stop, Relax, and Think

Stop, Relax and Think is designed for impulsive kids and their families. It helps teach emotional regulation and problem-solving skills. It's structured like a board game and can typically take up a full session. You can buy the game various places online including here on Amazon.

Ready for an emotional game day? Games are a fun and less-intimidating way to teach emotions, and this list is just the beginning. For a quick start, consider one of our game bundles or our entire store bundle to keep busy for weeks. Learn more here.

An infographic showing a store bundle of dozens of therapy games and activities including those teaching coping skills, CBT, DBT, and emotions.

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-Jennie Lannette Bedsworth, MSW, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with 20+ years of experience in therapy and social services. She specializes in CBT therapies for trauma and anxiety.


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