Go Fish: Catch and Release Your Anger


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Play-2-Learn Go Fish Card Games
by Franklin Rubenstein, PhD
Here’s a therapeutic twist on the classic Go Fish card game. The 12 versions presented here teach youngsters about character, responsibility, friendship, anger control, conflict resolution, feelings, stress, bullying, self-esteem, success, self-control, and manners. Each game includes two decks of 50 cards (one deck for grades K–2, the other for grades 3–5). And each card poses an open-ended question that the player must answer before he or she can request Henry Herring, Markey Mackerel, or any other fish needed for a match. Familiar and fun, Go Fish is an easy, affordable way for children to improve their social and emotional skills.
  • Fun game allows children to play Go Fish while also learning how to manage and control their anger
  • Throughout the game children answer open ended questions about anger and healthy ways to express it
  • Children 8-11, 2-5 players
Play-2-Learn Go Fish: Catch and Release your Anger is designed to help children manage anger in a thoughtful and non-aggressive way. Each card will offer a scenario where someone has done something as a result of an angry situation. Each player will be given the opportunity to reflect on the scenario and discuss whether or not it was a good way to handle angry feelings. There are cards which also offer techniques to diffuse anger and to help deal with angry feelings in a more productive way.

The game plays like classic Go Fish. There are two decks of 50 cards in each game one for children ages 5-8 years and the other for children ages 8-11 years old. It differs from classic go fish in that players must answer a question before they can accept a requested card. Instead of the usual number and picture cards, the cards have fun pictures of fish and fish names. For example, a player may ask, Do you have any Henry Herrings?If the player receives a Henry Herring card, the player reads the question on the card aloud and answers it. All questions are open ended. If the player did not have any Henry Herrings, the player would say, go fish, and then the first player would take a card from the ocean (extra cards in the center of the table).A rules sheet and facilitator guidelines are included.

Suitable for children 5 to 8 years old; one game can be played in about 20 minutes. Two to 5 paricipants.

Participants will learn:

Players will understand:

1. the importance and benefits of handling anger appropriately;

2. how to handle anger in a positive and non-aggressive way;

3. various techniques to channel anger and destructive feelings; and

4. the benefits of handling anger appropriately.

Play-2-Learn Go Fish: Catch and Release Your Anger is flexible enough that therapists and couselors can stop and explore topics as they are introduced.