ColorCards®: What are They Thinking?


ColorCards®: What are They Thinking?

Encourage expressive language and writing by imagining what people are thinking!



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An inspiring and creative resource for developing empathy, understanding feelings and recognizing emotions, ColorCards®: What Are They Thinking? is designed to stimulate animated discussion. These imaginative photocards provide an innovative way of initiating conversation with individuals and groups and are also useful for creative writing with all ages. The user imagines what the people are thinking and how they may feel in a similar situation, then fills in the speech bubble either verbally or in writing. Some cards show just one person, others show a child or adult reacting to the speech or behavior of other people.

The cards may be used in any order or context, but they have been grouped with suggestions for use under the following categories:

  • Dealing with trouble
  • Conflict
  • Wonder
  • Tests and achievement
  • Travel
  • Being left out

ColorCards®: What Are They Thinking? can be used to focus on:

  • Verbal and non-verbal language
  • The relationship between thoughts and feelings
  • Recognizing that speech and behavior affect other people
  • The influences on thoughts and feelings of factors such as surprise, stress and confrontation
  • Empathy
  • Caring Attitudes
  • Making responsible choices

Includes 30 laminated photocards with rounded corners, CD-ROM with individual worksheets and instruction booklet. Cards measure 8" x 11.5".


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