Penny Cards

A Penny For Your Thoughts innovates interactive card games and products that inspire communication, connection, and problem solving.  A Penny For Your Thoughts: a survival kit for kids & adults is a kid friendly communication card game that sparks conversation and playfully opens the door to kids’ social and emotional lives.    
Let's talk about what matters most!  
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A Penny For Your Thoughts: a survival kit for kids & adults includes 80 hand-illustrated cards designed to increase connection between kids and adults, foster positive ways to communicate feelings, and teach social and emotional skills that lead to success - at home, at school and with friends.  Kids identify how they feel, who's involved, where something happened, and skills they can use to cope with challenging situations and big feelings.  There's no one way to engage with children. So follow the instructions, or play by your own rules!

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  • This game integrates social and emotional learning (SEL) skills, helping children to articulate their feelings and learn how to manage them in healthy and adaptive ways.  While these skills aren't learned overnight, we believe that practicing them can be fun, connecting, and completely within reach!
  • Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children learn and apply the skills necessary to manage their emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, and make responsible decisions.
  • SEL is based on the understanding that the best learning for children happens in the context of connected relationships, where learning can truly be challenging, engaging, and meaningful.

This is a playful, fun, and truly connecting experience for kids & adults!

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Our Philosophy

We created A Penny For Your Thoughts cards because kids need creative and engaging ways to talk about what's important. We're Janine McGraw and Kathryn Snell-Ryan.  One of us is a family therapist and the other an art therapist & mother of two. We developed these cards after realizing just how few resources exist to help deepen communication between kids and adults. 
Our Philosophy: Healthy communication is essential for us both, but it's certainly NOT always easy! We believe that creating connection with kids can be fun, playful and creative. Our hope is that you will use A Penny For Your Thoughts: a survival kit for kids & adults to strengthen relationships with children, help them think through decisions using new skills, and elicit new information about their internal and external lives.  



                                                                            Illustrations by Jamie Letourneau 

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