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Wild Ride to the Heart Game for Children Ages 4 and up

Wild Ride to the Heart
Wild Ride to the Heart board game

Wild Ride to the Heart Game
for Adults and Children—Ages 4 and Up

An engaging game that teaches children about recognizing, expressing and balancing their emotions; as they interact, tell stories and have lots of fun on their journey to the heart.

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  • Illustrated game board
  • Colorful Markers
  • Surprise Cards
  • Emotions Definition Cards
  • Spinner (or dice-optional)
  • Can be played at home or in the classroom.
  • Helps children in their relationships with family and friends.
  • Helps children begin to identify and understand their emotions.
  • Incorporates scientific research of emotions and heart intelligence.
  • Learn a simple, but powerful HeartMath emotion-regulation tool
    called Go to the Heart™.

The healthy development of young children depends a lot on the quality of relationships with important people in their lives. The stability of these relationships, both within and outside of the family, provides a secure place from which a child can venture out and explore new horizons, connect with others, acquire new skills, and learn impulse control and socialization with peers.

Additional Resources for Parents and Teachers

For Kids For Parents and Teachers
Emotion Spinner

Emotion Spinner™ Ages 3-6

A game of many faces the whole family will enjoy. Self-regulating emotions can help children feel better about themselves, respect others and increase their chances for success in school. Includes the Heart Warmer™ Technique.

Heart Songs for Children Ages 3-6

Heart Songs for Children Ages 3-6

Six fun songs that support the expression of positive emotions for ages 3-6.
(downloadable e-Music)

Teaching Children to Love

Teaching Children to Love

Eighty activities and games for children of all ages that help with the development of emotionally-healthy children.
(downloadable e-Book)

Early HeartSmarts® Program Ages 3-6

This comprehensive program guides young children, on how to identify and better manage emotions, improve peer relations, strengthen the expression of positive emotions and learn skills for problem solving.

Early HeartSmarts Program

Transforming Stress Book

This research-based book describes several simple methods to transform stress with scientific explanations on how stress affects our physiology.

Transforming Stress Book

emWave® Technology

The emWave® Desktop is an award-winning technology that helps enhance learning, performance and behavior. The emWave2 is a portable handheld device.


Free Resources

Shift and Shine Technique

Shift and Shine® Technique for Ages 3–6:

This scientifically developed technique gives young children an early start at developing and strengthening positive attitudes and emotions.

View or Print Free Copy

Quick Coherence Technique

The Quick Coherence® Technique:

This powerful technique helps parents and teachers increase resilience, balance their emotions and rebound quickly from stressful experiences.

View or Print Free Copy

The Science of HeartMath’s Self-Regulation Techniques

Facilitating Emotional Self-Regulation in Preschool Children: Efficacy of the Early HeartSmarts Program in Promoting Social, Emotional and Cognitive Development

Facilitating Emotional Self-Regulation in Preschool Children: Efficacy of the Early HeartSmarts Program in Promoting Social, Emotional and Cognitive Development:

The Early HeartSmarts program is designed to train teachers to guide and support young children (3–6 years old) in learning emotional self-regulation and key age-appropriate socioemotional competencies, with the goal of facilitating their emotional, social and cognitive development. To learn more about the program and this groundbreaking study, click here.

HeartMath My Kids! Facebook – Activities, Games, Research

HeartMath My Kids! Facebook is for Caretakers of Children: Parents, grandparents, daycare providers, teachers, counselors, principals and psychologists fostering children to connect to the wisdom of their hearts. The Institute of HeartMath, an international research and education nonprofit 501(c)(3), is helping children around the world realize their maximum learning potential by helping them manage and overcome the anxieties, fears and other issues youngsters face today. To visit, click here.

HeartMath My Kids! Facebook

Learn about other Parenting Resources for Ages 2-18+, click here