We use them in text messages and social media so much that they’ve become part of our every day language – the simplest way to communicate a feeling or response. Emoticons are everywhere. So we made them into dice. These dice are a resource for emotional literacy and wellbeing, as well as a way to help young people learn how to express their own stories and experiences. There are loads of games you could play with these. We’ve given you five for starters, but you’ll come up with more every time you use them.
The dice come in a handy drawstring bag, designed to fit in your pocket, backpack or the glovebox of your car (because we know that’s where most youth workers keep their resources!) That way you’ve got them handy whenever you might need them.
Use them as an ice breaker to get a group chatting, a fun game to help a group explore a story or a way of helping the group express their feelings to one another. Or take them into a one-to-one mentoring meeting as a tool to help a teenager open up about a situation that they might not otherwise have words for.
Six emoticon dice
A handy instruction leaflet including five games to play with the dice and a glossary of emoticon meanings
A cotton drawstring bag to store your dice