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Andy’s Anger Explosions is a story and game about a boy with explosive anger. He flies off the handle quickly, then feels out of control when he must deal with the consequences of his anger. He is lonely and isolated. Not only that, but it is also impacting his self-esteem, as he feels like he just can’t win.


Domestic violence is discussed through a back door approach. I like using the back door with kids because it seems to keep their defenses down. In this situation, the book is about a child’s experience with anger, but a small part of it is about a man who hurt his children. In the story, Andy spends the day with the principal due to getting in trouble. She tells him he needs to get control of his anger because as he grows older, the consequences get more severe. She tells him about a dad who was arrested for hurting his children during a fit of anger.


Despite recognizing the consequences of his anger outbursts, Andy continues to struggle. A friend helps him learn how to recognize the tell-tale signs in his body that show him he is getting triggered. He then learned coping skills to calm down and regain control of his body. He learned how to control his body so that his anger no longer had control over him.


The book and game cover important topics when addressing anger in children. First, they need to be aware of their triggers. They also need to know how their thoughts trigger feelings, which will result in behavior. CBT interventions are offered to gain control of thoughts. Next, body awareness helps kids to recognize signs and symptoms happening in their bodies to alert them that their fight, flight, or freeze response has been triggered. To turn off this response, they need to learn coping skills. These include CBT interventions, exercise, calming activities, and ways to process their emotions.


This is a great resource for kids who struggle with anger. They are so often labeled as “bad” kids, or they are scorned upon for their blowups. This can really impact their self-concept. They just need a hand in understanding their bodies and thoughts. A little bit of success can go a long way in building confidence to overcome these challenges. Not only that, but if kids can learn to manage anger while they are young, perhaps we can help bring down the domestic violence problems.


This resource was created to be used for elementary-aged children, ages 5-12.  The story is a quick read, introducing the concepts for the game. The game allows an opportunity for children to find the best coping skills for themselves, identify their triggers, and body responses to anger.  This resource can be used in individual, group, or family sessions or can be played at home in a family setting. 


The book/game cover, gameboard, and cards are printed on 110 lb cardstock. The interior pages of the book are printed on 64 lb paper. It is bound by a 6mm spiral. 


A telehealth / online version of this resource is now available! You can find it here

Andy's Anger Explosions: A Book/Game About Anger

SKU: 7426924958365
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