“Make a face that shows frustration or happiness. Tell about a time you felt calm or scared. What color would your heart be if it were a color? Those are just a few of the challenges players face in HeartMath’s new Wild Ride to the Heart™ game, where the first player to reach the heart at the center of the board, wins. But win or lose, the whole family will soon learn the true fun in playing Wild Ride – again and again – is because it makes you feel good in your heart.”
Wesley and I have had the chance to review this great game called Wild Ride to the Heart. Its designed for children ages 4 and up. It takes teaching your child feelings up to the next level. Most kids 4 and up know the basics, happy, sad, mad. But Wild Ride to the Heart helps your child learn more complex emotions like; calm, disappointment, frustration, thankfulness, etc.
I was quite impressed with the quality of the game when it arrived. For the low price of $14.95, the whole product is well made and sturdy. The game-board is beautifully illustrated, and made of thick durable material. We were also able to pull out the Emotions Definition Cards and use them in a ABA program. Then when we were done that program for the day, my son’s tutors would pull out and play the game as a reward. Even the box the game comes in is strong and won’t break after a couple of uses like most board games now a days.
For children who have trouble expressing their emotions, or have disabilities like autism that make it difficult for them to understand and express how they feel, this game is such a powerful tool. But don’t over look this, even if your child seems to be able to express their feelings well. It is a great way to help your family bond and understand each other, in a fun way. I think it opens the doors of communication so well between families that one day when your child does need to talk to you about something, hopefully the time you spent sharing your feelings and being open with each other will make it easier for them to approach you.
Overall I think it is an excellent game, that can be adapted for younger children to play along too. It fosters close family bonds, and can also be used in classroom settings. It has a permanent place on our game shelf 🙂
Thank-you to the people at HeartMath. They provided me a copy of the game Wild Ride to the Heart, in exchange for an unbiased option.