Resilience game

This simple board game explores common scenarios that children may encounter in their day-to-day life at home or at school, and the resilience they may need for tackling them.

When children land on different squares of the board, they will pick up a card. The card will either explain a scenario which demonstrates resilience, or it will give them an opportunity to make a choice from three options. they may move forward two spaces, one space, or stay where they are depending on how much resilience their choice displays.

Through the game, the children should begin to develop an understanding of resilience in common situations which they can then apply to their own lives.


Resilience Game

Using this resource

This resource is designed for:

  • Children aged 4+
  • Use in pairs or small groups

We have included cut-out counters and a six-sided die in this resource, or you may want to use your own.


Curriculum links

England - RHSE

Mental wellbeing

Pupils should know:

  • simple self-care techniques, including the importance of rest, time spent with friends and family and the benefits of hobbies and interests
  • where and how to seek support (including recognising the triggers for seeking support), including whom in school they should speak to if they are worried about their own or someone else’s mental wellbeing or ability to control their emotions (including issues arising online)

Northern Ireland - Personal Development and Mutual Understanding



 Pupils should be enabled to explore:

• their dispositions and attitudes to learning;

• their own and others’ feelings and emotions;


• positive attitudes to learning and achievement;

• their own and others’ feelings and emotions and how their actions affect others;


• their management of a range of feelings and emotions and the feelings and emotions of others;

• effective learning strategies;

Wales – Health and Wellbeing

Statement 2 - How we process and respond to our experiences affects our mental health and emotional well-being.

Statement 3 - Our decision-making impacts on the quality of our lives and the lives of others.


Scotland - Health and Wellbeing

Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

• I know that we all experience a variety of thoughts and emotions that affect how we feel and behave, and I am learning ways of managing them.

• I am learning skills and strategies which will support me in challenging times, particularly in relation to change and loss.

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