The goal of teaching ToM is to increase your child’s ability to understand what other people are thinking and feeling. Developing these skills will improve your child’s ability to have empathy for others. Games can be a fun way for your child to learn ToM in a way that he does not approach as a learning experience. A variety of games exist that involve guessing what someone else is thinking. While not designed for the purpose of developing ToM, the following games can give your child direct experience focusing on what the other person is thinking:
• Password: Players take turns giving one-word clues while the other player tries to guess the password.
• I Spy: Players take turns secretly choosing an object in the room and the other player tries to guess the object.
• 20 Questions: Players take turns secretly thinking of an item and the other player is allowed twenty questions to guess the item.
• Would You Rather . . . ? Players read a card describing a scenario and each player secretly writes down what they would do in the situation. Players earn points if they correctly guess what the other person would do.