I’m Brooks Gibbs, a professional social skills educator who specializes in preventing aggression at home, on campus, and even online.
You may have seen my online videos where I bring up students on stage to squabble with me and then shut them down effortlessly. 😲 In fact, these videos of mine have amassed more than 250 million views and have been translated into 20 different languages! AMAZING!!! 🙌
As a result, I have received countless messages from parents, teachers, and school counselors around the world. They've asked me to create a similar game that they can play with students to teach these conflict resolution skills.
This Kickstarter campaign is my response. My team and I have created an entertaining and educational card game that parents can play with their kids at home, and teachers can play with their students at school. Introducing SQUABBLES: The Game Of Conflict Resolution. 🎉
This fun game is appropriate for all students 6 years old and up. It’s especially effective for those students who are hyper-sensitive to the mean words and actions of others. The game will teach them why someone is being mean, how to stop it, and how to grow in resilience while protecting their feelings.
Built on the SQUABBLES Theory Of Aggression, this game introduces students to the three reasons why people are intentionally mean. The SQUABBLES “Triple Threat” diagram illustrates this best.
Why Are People Mean?
- They Bother to control us
- They Joke to have fun at our expense
- They Hurt us because they feel hurt by us
There are two decks of cards in this game: conflict cards and resolution cards. Once you identify why someone is being mean, you will know how to stop the mean behavior and resolve the conflict quickly.
The conflict cards describe a mean behavior. The resolution cards are used to stop the aggression the moment it starts. Students either match with a resolution card (+1 point) “Prove It” by completing a challenge (+2 points), or Squabble it out, if they don’t have a match. The player that loses the squabble, keeps the conflict card (-1 point). The player with the most points at the end of the game wins!
Two game lengths allow you to play Squabbles anytime. The Short Game fits perfectly before bedtime or during a class period. The Long Game is ideal for family game nights or indoor recess.
Suggested Squabble Styles helps students develop a funny character like Grandma (What did you say?), the Tattler (I’m TELLING!), and the Therapist (and how does that make you feel?).
Together we can help kids overcome the pain of mean behavior and grow in resilience - all through laughter.
We’ve completed a year of research and testing, now we need your help on Kickstarter to tackle the cost of mass printing the game. We've created rewards that will help both your family and schools in your community.
Thanks so much for choosing the level of support that works for you!
Brooks Gibbs & The SQUABBLES Team
Risks and challenges
KICKSTARTER is a crowd-funding platform that allows us (the supplier) to secure funding for our project. Without this financing upfront, many projects like ours would not be possible. Now that we are fully funded... and still getting orders, there is no risk that we can think of. We have met our goals and will be able to fulfill orders.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Kickstarter does not charge your credit card until October 13th (when our 30-day campaign is over). Also, they do not allow us to collect your email or mailing address until the campaign is over. So even though we are in production and will have the cards ready for shipment before October 13th, we all have to wait for that date to make the transaction and collect your mailing address information. Thank you for your patience as we all wait for October 13th to get here!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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