Games to Teach Worry Management Skills

Even though worries are serious and can be quite distressing, helping kids learn to deal with worry doesn’t have to be! Lots of relaxation and calming skills can be taught and learning through play or games. As you’re planning for your next worry group, take a look at these anxiety games for kids to add to your lesson plans!

Anxiety Games for Kids

Biggest Bubble

To help kids develop important controlled breathing strategies, play Biggest Bubble! Give students some bubbles and wands and show them how to take long, slow breaths in and blow the breath out slowly into the wand. It takes a lot of focus and control to keep the bubble intact and make it as large as possible. To make it a game, challenge kids to blow the biggest bubble in the group to really encourage them to use slow and controlled breaths!

Worry Warriors Card Game

If your students are into card games like Uno (R), they’ll love Worry Warriors (R) Whiz! In this print-and-play card game, students will practice reframing worries, demonstrate breathing exercises, identify supports, link feelings to actions, and more. This game is great for small groups focused on worry!

Want to teach kids anxiety management skills? Try these fun anxiety games for kids to help with deep breathing, thought checking, & more!

Worry Warriors Board Game

If board games are more your style, Worry Warrior Voyage is a perfect game for synthesizing skills students have learned in group! They can do grounding exercises, challenge worries, identify locus of control, and more.

Want to teach kids anxiety management skills? Try these fun anxiety games for kids to help with deep breathing, thought checking, & more!

Roll and Respond

To practice a variety of strategies, try a roll and respond activity. When students roll a…

  • 1 – try a breathing strategy
  • 2 – try a grounding strategy
  • 3 – try stretching or yoga
  • 4 – try tension-releasing movements
  • 5 – identify supports
  • 6 – say affirmations

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Want to teach kids anxiety management skills? Try these fun anxiety games for kids to help with deep breathing, thought checking, & more!

Yoga Games

To help kids practice body calming and energy exertion strategies, try a yoga game! Add your own positive affirmations to the poses to build 2 skills at once. Here are a few favorites:

  • Yogarrr!
  • Yoga Spinner
  • Yoga Dice




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9 Great Children’s Books About Worry

Want to teach kids anxiety management skills? Try these fun anxiety games for kids to help with deep breathing, thought checking, & more! Use these counseling games in small group counseling, worry group counseling, anxiety group counseling, or individual counseling.

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