Setting up the game:
1. Make or cut out various fish out of paper.
2. On the back side of each fish draw or glue on different feeling faces (with the words included). I usually just print them from online.
3. Then attach a paperclip to each fish.
4. To make the fishing pole you will need a stick, some string and a magnet. Fasten the magnet to the end of the string on the fishing pole.
1. Take turns using the fishing pole to “catch” fish.
2. Ask child to Identify the feeling face/word. Have them make their own face to match the feeling. Then you can ask them , “what makes you feel [insert feeling here]”.
3. When adults take turns and play the game, they can model for the child, “Kids feel [sad] when [ they get bullied at school]” and make sure to use an example that the child will understand and maybe relate to.
This is a great activity to start off with in a family therapy session. Parents seem to understand this activity well and can help model for children the importance of talking about emotions. If it is hard for a child to think of a reason they may feel a certain way, make sure to reflect with empathy how difficult this activity can be sometimes. Remember that not all emotions feel ‘safe’ to share with others.