Feelings Scribble Game
Updated: Jan 5
The Feeling Scribble Game is a variation of the Scribble Drawing Game using the Feeling Chart or a deck of the Feeling Cards. This is one of the most popular warm-up activities I used in single and group counselling sessions with kids. It’s a fun and easy way to help them get comfortable with thinking, talking and learning about feelings – while developing their Emotional Intelligence.
WHAT YOU NEED
Pens, pencils, crayons, markers, whatever kids prefer
A copy of the Feeling Chart (in a sleeve or laminated so it can be used over and over)
A deck of the Feeling Cards (for optional variation)
HOW TO PLAY
1. Player one creates a quick and random scribble on the paper.
Decide beforehand if the Scribbler’s eyes must be opened or closed when doing this.
2. Player two makes the scribble into a picture and describes how it relates to one or more feelings from the Feeling Chart. The feeling(s) can be chosen by player two after seeing the scribble or, for a more challenging version, by player one before the scribble is created.
3. The feelings used are then crossed off on the Feeling Chart and can’t be used again.
To make it more competitive, each feeling used can be counted as a point and totalled at the end of the game to determine a winner.
In the example below, the scribble was described as “a day at the park with my dad” and the two feelings chosen were: “excited because I love going to the park” and “surprised because my dad never takes me”.
4. Next, roles are reversed; player two does the scribbling and player one makes it into a picture.
5. The game ends when all the feelings have been crossed off.
Use more feelings. For example, sometimes kids like starting round one with one feeling, playing round two with two feelings and so on until a player can’t continue or the feelings are all used.
Tell a more involved story about the scribble. For example, require a beginning and an end feeling for the drawing's story or a beginning, a middle and an end feeling.
Use a deck of Feeling Cards instead of the Feeling Chart. Kids can keep the used cards in a pile and count them out at the end to determine a winner. This variation also lends itself well to having kids put the cards in an order and tell a story about the scribble drawing from beginning to end.
Hard Copy deck of Feeling Cards
Thanks to the many kids who played over the years and taught me their clever variations!