Squash It! Card Game

A Fun Way to Teach How to Solve Social and Emotional Issues Using Personal Strengths


SKU: D447-Net

A Unique, hands-on SEL game using adorable, squishable characters. It includes 10 squishable, individually wrapped animal characters, 10 character description cards, and 42 situation cards that help children to explore and practice solving social and emotional issues using personal strengths.

Each individual squishy character has a unique personal strength. Choose one from the jar along with the card that describes this character. Then introduce this character by reading the card aloud. Next, randomly choose a situation card and read it. Then brainstorm how someone might handle this situation using that character’s strength. If they cannot think of a solution with that strength they can choose another squishable character that they think might work better.

42 Situation Cards on the Following Topics:

  • Worry
  • Anger
  • Fear
  • Coping
  • Conflict
  • Friendship
  • Grief/loss
  • Empathy
  • Frustration
  • Sadness
  • Self-esteem
  • Resiliency
  • Peer Pressure
  • Impulse Control

Instructions include other ways to play.

Child Safety and Cleaning – These mini mochi squishy toys are made from safe and non-toxic soft TPR material, suitable for children 3 years and up. They can be rinsed with water and cleaned with mild hand soap when they are dirty. Sprinkling corn starch on the toys when they are dry and gently rubbing it off with a paper towel will make them less tacky.

Written by Robert Bowman
ISBN 9781598502589
Grades K-5
10 Squishable Characters and 42 cards

Additional information






Youthlight, Inc.

Dr. Bowman started his career as a school teacher and school counselor. Since that time, he taught in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of South Carolina for more than 20 years and is currently an Emeritus Professor. He has authored numerous articles in professional journals and has written more than 24 books and programs that help troubled youth bring about positive changes in themselves and their peers. He is widely recognized for his distinctive contributions to the fields of mental health and education with an emphasis on developmental school counseling. He is especially known as a prolific creator of creative and insightful approaches and programs for helping young people. Today, Dr. Bowman continues his work as a collector of effective practices that work with youth when “all else fails.”

Dr. Bowman has conducted professional seminars, conference keynotes and/or motivational presentations in 42 of the United States and in Kenya, Canada, Belgium, England, Italy, West Germany, Puerto Rico, St. Marten, St. Thomas, and Malaysia.

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