A Conflict Resolution Game
by Eric Terry, Psy.D
Every day, children encounter conflict—at home, on the playground, in class. Yet most don't have the skills needed to prevent or peacefully resolve disagreements. Peacetown teaches conflict resolution skills and gives youngsters an opportunity to practice using them.
Peacetown is really two games in one. Using one side of the gameboard, which shows the exteriors of Peacetown, players learn basic conflict resolution skills: apologizing, compromising, taking turns, sharing, avoiding, ignoring, and getting help. Then, turning the board over, they move inside the buildings of Peacetown, where they learn deeper conflict resolutions skills: listening, respecting differences, communicating feelings, taking responsibility for actions, and attacking the problem rather than the person. On both sides of the gameboard, players must use the skills learned to resolve thought-provoking conflict vignettes presented on game cards. These vignettes—and an engaging, double-sided gameboard populated with diverse children—make Peacetown not only effective, but also fun. For 2 to 6 players.