Friday, October 01, 2010

Wild Ride to the Heart Board Game: Review and Giveaway

Oftentimes, kids throw tantrums or act up because they have difficulty identifying their emotions and/or expressing them properly. As parents and educators, it’s important to find tools that help children to recognize, express and balance their emotions. One way to do this is through a board game developed by the Institute of HeartMath called Wild Ride to the Heart!

In this game, players follow a path until they reach the heart at the center of the board. Along the way, they land on “Feeling Face Spaces,” where they must make their own face matching the expression displayed on the space. Alternatively, they can tell a story about a time they felt that particular emotion. There are also opportunities to draw cards with instructions, such as: “You spilled your food and became angry when asked to clean it up. Move back 3 spaces.” Or, “What makes you happy? Tell the other players. Move forward 4 spaces.”

Benefits of Wild Ride to the Heart include:
  • Helps children begin to identify and understand their emotions
  • Helps children in their relationships with family and friends at home and school
  • Helps teach children emotion self-regulation to better control their moods
  • Brings family and friends closer
My boys really love to play this game! At first, one of my sons was a little shy about telling a story, but as his brother and I demonstrated, he got much more comfortable expressing his feelings in front of others. Now, he has no trouble doing it during this game and asks to play all the time! Wild Ride to the Heart provides a safe and rewarding environment for helping children to notice and express how they feel.

Visit www.heartmath.org/wildridetotheheart to learn more about this innovative game and place an order. (It’s only $14.95!)

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a Wild Ride to the Heart board game! To enter, “like” the HeartMath My Kids Facebook page and leave a comment on this post with your Facebook name. You must do this to enter the giveaway. (If you’re not on Facebook, visit www.heartmath.org and then return here to leave a comment about something you learned on the site.)

You can earn optional additional entries by… (leave a separate comment for each)

- Following the Institute of HeartMath (@InstHeartMath) and Susan Heim on Parenting (@ParentingAuthor) on Twitter and tweeting about this giveaway. You may tweet 3 times a day. (Please space them at least an hour apart.) Leave a separate comment with the URL of each tweet. (1 entry per tweet.)

- Subscribing to Susan Heim on Parenting via email, RSS and/or Kindle (see sign-up options on left sidebar). Leave a comment for each subscription method. (1 entry for each subscription method for up to 3 entries)

- Liking Susan Heim on Parenting on Facebook. (1 entry)

- Following Susan Heim on Parenting through Google Friend Connect. Click on the “Follow” button on the left sidebar. Leave a comment. (1 entry)

- Putting a button for Susan Heim on Parenting on your blog (the code is in the upper right-hand column of this site) and/or a text link on your blog roll. Post a comment with your blog’s URL. (1 entry for button; 1 entry for text link)

- Posting this giveaway on your blog with a link to this page. Leave a comment with a direct link to the post. (3 entries; leave a separate comment for each)

One winner will be randomly selected from the qualified comments received by Friday, October 15, 2010, at 11:59 PM EST. Please leave an email address on one of your comments if it’s not available on your Blogger profile. Winners must respond within 72 hours or another winner will be drawn. Contest is open to US residents only.

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner, Jaime!




DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this game to facilitate my candid review. No other compensation was provided.

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