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What Wouldn’t You Do? A Free Trivia Game That Teaches Kids How to Regulate Emotions & Understand Empathy (Scenarios 1 to 5)

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For ages eight and up. Wording can be modified for children under eight.

Single or multiplayer game.

Target Audience: Parents, Teachers, Counselors, Therapists, Kids, and Teens.

How to play What Wouldn’t You Do?

  • There are five challenging situations presented below based on stories told by real kids and teens.
  • Players need to select, from a choice of four options, the one that is NOT an emotionally-healthy response to each scenario . The goal is to spot the unhealthy response for each of the five situations presented. For each unhealthy response spotted players earn one point.
  • If you have more than one player, you can take turns or work together to spot as many NOT healthy choices as you can. If you take turns, the youngest player goes first.
  • Players are encouraged to act out any or all of the five different scenarios, along with any of the four possible responses for each situation. Players can also make up a response to a scenario and act it out. If a player makes up a response, they should state whether it is an emotionally-healthy response. If they make up a healthy response they get a bonus point.
  • Players may draw images to go along with the different situations and responses as well.
  • Once the player(s) select an answer for all given scenarios, submit the emotional regulation trivia quiz. You will automatically see each scenario’s correct answer, and whether you correctly spotted the NOT healthy choice.
  • For each NOT healthy choice, you will see an explanation that includes perspectives about the player’s feelings and the feelings of others.

Scenario # 1

You are walking home from school alone when you overhear another student (who is walking some feet ahead of you) talking and laughing. He is telling his friends that he had the greatest day at school.

You had a bad day. Nothing went your way and you feel like you're always by yourself.

You are sad and feel jealous that the boy is walking with his friends.

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Which is NOT an emotionally-healthy way to handle your feelings?

Scenario # 2

Your parent(s) just gave your little brother the last bowl of your favorite cereal. You were really looking forward to it and feel quite disappointed.

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Which is NOT a healthy way to handle this situation?

Scenario # 3

You ask your teacher for help with the material on your upcoming math test. She says the test should be easy for you and that she doesn't have time to give you extra help.

You feel dismissed and worried about failing the test.

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Which is NOT a healthy way to respond to this situation?

Scenario # 4

You are trying to do your homework but it is frustrating and you don't like it.

You ask your parent(s) for help but they are busy with your little siblings.

Your teacher said "only kids who complete homework get to participate in the pizza party tomorrow."

You feel frustrated, unimportant, and worried.

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Which is NOT a healthy way to handle your emotions in this situation?

Scenario # 5

On your way into high school one morning, you see a student you know lying on the ground in the grass. This is unlike her.

You go over to see if she is okay. She tells you that her parent is coming to get her because her throat is bothering her, and that the school is okay with her waiting outside.

She thanks you for checking on her. Then she tells you that you better get going because you're a few minutes late.

As you are heading inside you see the building principal. He looks angry and says in loud tone "lateness is not acceptable, get to class!"

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You feel misunderstood and you're annoyed because you think the principal had no right to talk to you the way he did.

Which is NOT a healthy response to this situation?

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If you act out or draw any of these scenarios and/or responses, you can send them to us for consideration to upload to the educationandbehavior.com YouTube Channel or website.

What does the research say about the use of games to teach emotionally-healthy responses and reactions?

Research indicates that roleplaying and behavioral modeling are effective techniques for teaching prosocial skills, such as emotional regulation.

Additionally, games utilize a multisensory approach, which allows students to take in information through a variety of modalities (e.g., sight, sound, touch, movement, etc).

A multisensory approach is more effective for many learners than more traditional teaching approaches.

Studies also show that cooperative games help improve social skills.

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