Act it out!
Objective : Use social skills in real-world situations
You just got a present—the world’s ugliest sweater! Your classmate is trying to copy your answers on a test. You wrecked the book your friend lent you. What do you do? Wait! Don’t just tell us: it’s time to show your skills by acting it out.
Act it out! is designed to help children and teens aged 8 to 14 think about how they might act in different situations that put their social skills to the test. For a fun twist, the spinner assigns one of four acting styles—emotional, neutral, childish, or prosocial—to enrich players’ reflections.
- Use social skills in real-world situations
- 85 Situation cards
- 15 Special Situation cards
- 1 spinner
- List of questions
- Instructional Guide for parents
- Rule sheet
Act it out! is a suitable game for children and teens aged 8 to 14 because it involves role-play scenarios whose target social skills and background situations are tailored to their own experiences. Having children act out make-believe situations helps them adopt new positive behaviors that they might not get the chance to engage in on a regular basis. This gives children the opportunity to develop social skills that will serve them well when they actually find themselves in a similar situation.
Act it out! also provides an easy framework for parents to give children feedback. For example, you might say, "The way you talked to your friend was very respectful!" It can be much more difficult to give this kind of feedback "in the heat of the moment" during daily life than in this playful context.