Remember picking up a stone or pebble because there was just something about it? Well, here’s a whole quarry of quirky, engaging, happy, sad, afraid, shy, joyful and just plain outrageous ‘stone’ characters, specially created for building a feelings vocabulary – in Japanese!
Describing feelings is at the heart of emotional literacy and therapeutic work. Yet, sometimes people interpret feelings very differently. Each card in this set features a stone on one side, and three words on the reverse to describe the emotion shown. Hey, that stone seems to be quivering: is he embarrassed, humiliated or shy? What about that heavy stone rubbing his chin: is he thoughtful, curious or concerned?
The 52 Stones cards are perfect for all sorts of activities. If you’re running a workshop, start by asking the participants to choose a card that shows how they’re feeling now, and how they hope to feel at the end of the day. If you’re a therapist, you might choose these cards to open a conversation with a client about a difficult problem. Which card represents the client’s feelings when the problem is worst? Which card represents the time when the problem is gone or more managable?