Mirror Me Cards: a fun, simple, illustrated card game that builds better emotional habits in children
Helping kids (and adults!) understand themselves and their world through play
It's my mission to help children to develop healthy habits when it comes to sharing their feelings -- and to do so at an early age. Mirror Me is my solution.
Games offer safe, make-believe spaces in which kids and adults can play together; that's why I designed the Mirror Me cards with play in mind. They enable kids to process the emotions they’re dealing with and the situations they’re facing through the powerful medium of storytelling.
Mirror Me gives children the ability to look at their feelings and what's happening in their lives from so many different perspectives. They can be a spider… a tree… an angel… a king… an alien… a monster! I’ve watched kids playing with the cards and I love seeing them laugh, and I love seeing their creativity shine through.
The cards aren’t a substitute for therapy, but they do provide a safe, non-judgmental space in which to express how we feel. I made the cards with my own illustrations, first on paper cards, then on my iPad. As a psychology major, I knew how good the cards would be for kids, especially if I designed them with simple, fun, child-like illustrations.
In a nutshell, Mirror Me is a card game for 1-3 players, aged 4 to 104. There are 52 hand-illustrated cards. The cards offer easy-to-understand, fun gameplay with the added benefit of helping people – children and adults alike – process what’s going in their heads, and their lives. Children take on the role of the creature or object on their card, taking the perspective of that creature/object, thus telling their story from a different point of view. Parents can connect with their children by roleplaying with them, and by asking them to elaborate on what they're seeing and feeling. Each game lasts as long as you want it to.
Actually, when you bring pictures and children together, there are a lot of games you can play. There are plenty of story games you can play with the help of Mirror Me cards, and the old parlour game Consequences also works here. All you need is a playful disposition... and a willingness to step into a world of make-believe.
Risks and challenges
There aren't many risks at all!
I still need to design the pack the cards come in. I want to provide a solid package that the cards can be packed into when you're done playing, so that they stay protected and so that they last the distance. So I need to create the artwork for that.
I've already found the printers I would like to use. Ideally, I need to print more than 5,000 units in order to get the best value. The risk here would lie in selling enough units to justify the printing cost.
The main issues are therefore packaging and postage, which are relatively straightforward.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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