Friends and Neighbors: The Helping Games

Friends and Neighbors: The Helping Games

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NEW! Friends and Neighbors: The Helping Game – A Social-Emotional Game that Develops Empathy and Compassion! Can players help a little girl who's sad because she's standing out in the rain or a boy who's afraid of the dark? With Friends and Neighbors , children will learn how! Friends and Neighbors is a matching game that focuses on emotions. Children encounter persons with a problem and reach into the Helping Bag to pull out a token – can the token help someone on the game board? If so, it's a match! In playing the game and reading about the feelings and needs of the characters, parents can help their children recognize feelings in others - the first step to building empathy. Game includes 4 game boards, 14 tokens, 1 Helping Bag, 1 Stop... Read More »

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Friends and Neighbors: The Helping Game – A Social-Emotional Game that Develops Empathy and Compassion!

Can players help a little girl who's sad because she's standing out in the rain or a boy who's afraid of the dark? With Friends and Neighbors, children will learn how! Friends and Neighbors is a matching game that focuses on emotions. Children encounter persons with a problem and reach into the Helping Bag to pull out a token – can the token help someone on the game board? If so, it's a match!

In playing the game and reading about the feelings and needs of the characters, parents can help their children recognize feelings in others - the first step to building empathy. Game includes 4 game boards, 14 tokens, 1 Helping Bag, 1 Stop Sign board, parent guide and Friends and Neighbors book.

Children will learn:

  • How to recognize and name emotions
  • What it feels like to be a helper
  • Cooperation

What is a cooperative game? It's a game where everyone plays together, no one is left out, and everyone has fun! In a cooperative game, players work together as a team against a common obstacle, not against each other. Cooperative games emphasize play, not competition. Kids work together, they help each other and, most importantly, they play for FUN!

Cooperative Games foster:

  • Non-stressful play situations
  • Emotional development
  • Shared decision making
  • Creative problem solving
  • A sense of community
  • Positive self-esteem
  • Playfulness
  • Cooperation

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