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Submerged is a game to help children identify emotions that are under the surface. This addresses various levels of emotions, secondary emotions, and dissociation. Emotions are complex and often intermingled. This game is intended to help bring awareness and education to help children understand their feelings and how their defense mechanisms work. Awareness is the first step towards healing.


This game can be useful for children with anxiety, anger, depression, or who have a trauma history. Understanding and processing emotions in a meaningful way is vital to feeling better. 


Game card topics include:

  • Tangled in Emotions - Kids often have big emotions but struggle to identify them. These cards help them understand this predicament and ways to process emotions to unravel emotional knots.
  • Scared - These cards focus on safety and ways to cope when anxiety hits. 
  • Happy Days - Focusing on happy times can bring joy and focus to get through difficult times.
  • Flipping Out - These cards are all about exciting times of high energy. They also include escalation due to a trigger. 
  • Crabby - Everyone gets grumpy now and then. Kids will identify ways to cope with grumpy days and ways to improve their mood. 
  • Slow and Sluggish - These cards will prompt kids to find ways to pull through sluggishness on days they are feeling down or tired. 
  • On Edge - Kids will be able to identify triggers and past experiences those triggers are tied to.
  • Feeling Dark - These cards will help kids process periods of sadness and loss. They will learn that the dark seasons do not last forever. 
  •  Each topic highlights a different aspect to repressing emotions and allows kids to process emotions in a non-threatening, playful way.


This game is best for kids in second through eighth grade (ages 7-14). It can be used in individual, group, or family counseling sessions.


Contents Include:

  • 1 Cover page with instructions
  • 1 Game board
  • 4 Page of cards (48 cards total)


You will receive a PDF download. Set printer to print on both sides. Print on cardstock. 


printed version of this game is also available.

Submerged: A Game About Buried Emotions- PDF Download

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