Card Element:


Group Size:


Estimated Time:

5-15 minutes, based on the size of group

Great For:

Social Emotional Learning



Place a deck of cards in front of the group face down.



Have a volunteer come up to the front of the room. Put a time limit (45 seconds) or a card limit (5 cards) for each person and have them act out the emotion only using their face (you can add in body movement if that would be easier). Have the rest of the group see how many emotions they can correctly guess. Invite another person to take a turn.

For Example:



Reflection Possibilities:

  • Was it easy or difficult to act out the emotions? Why?
  • Was it easy or difficult to recognize the emotions? Why?
  • What would be the benefit of being able to really notice the emotions in others or ourselves?


Have individuals take a deck of cards and find a mirror. Have them watch themselves in the mirror as they try to create that emotion. Have them notice things by either talking out loud or journaling them down. What do they notice? How do they feel?