Card games have been beloved for centuries and are known to be useful in teaching counting skills and strength cognition. Yet now two new card games are able to teach children social and emotional issues in a fun and seemingly effortless way. “Super Me!” and “Monkey, May I?” are two unique card games that instill concepts such as empathy, social skills, self-control, and self-awareness in young players.
Intended for children ages four to six, “Super Me!” and “Monkey May I?” are colorfully illustrated with playfully cartoonish depictions of people and animals. In “Super Me!”, children learn empathy and how to help others by matching special “Super Me!” cards to emergency cards that best describe how to help the person depicted in the emergency card. “Monkey, May I?” helps children make good decisions by rewarding them for choosing examples of good behavior over examples of bad behavior. Both “Super Me!” and “Monkey, May I?” were recently named Mom’s Choice Awards recipients.
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Both games are very simple to set up, easy to learn and can be played in 15 minutes or less. They each contain two levels of challenging play so the games can be played with a range of ages. They also encourage a lot of storytelling and discussions, which is truly valuable to emotional growth.
These sets have very few cons or drawbacks. Being able to use these sets to discuss complicated emotions and things that have happened to them is a rare find in the game industry.
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These card sets are a great way to teach manners. They are also a fantastic way to discuss emotions, social issues, and other heartfelt topics in a way that is comfortable and accessible
These games retail for $5.99. To learn more about “Super Me!” and “Monkey, May I?” visit the official website of Hoyle Play.
Also, Bicycle Playing Cards (the umbrella company of Hoyle) recently released their revamped version of the “How to Play” app. The app includes step by step instructions to more than 75 cards games and a special search function to help find the perfect game for any family occasion.
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Meagan J. Meehan is a published author, poet, cartoonist, and produced playwright. She pens columns for the Great South Bay Magazine, Blasting News, and Entertainment Vine. She is also a stop-motion animator and an award-winning abstract artist. Meagan holds a BA in English Literature and a MA in Communication. She is also an animal advocate and a fledging toy and game designer.
Meagan is a contributing editor to Kidskintha writing on Toys, Games, Entertainment, and other topics that are happy and fun!