As they play the game, kids move through towns that represent the skills taught in the game, such as Fairhaven and Conversation City. On the way, players earn tokens with pictures of “friends” on them. The “friends” are placed in Friendsville in the center of the board to await the arrival of the players. The five skills are: using humor appropriately in social situations; conversing with others — expressing yourself and listening skills; dealing with conflicts; joining and participating in groups; and showing respect and fairness. The game also includes a reproducible Skills Record (to keep track of which players have practiced which skills) and a facilitator booklet with complete lesson plans and questions for discussion. Journey to Friendsville is a fun and inventive way to help kids improve their social skills- especially when time is limited.
Playing time: 15 minute sessions (up to five sessions); Grades 1-5