Tumbling Tower Questions

A while back, I discovered a virtual Tumbling Tower game that you can use in telehealth sessions. The website offers prompts to help clients talk about anger and other feelings while playing – each block has a number, and you ask the corresponding question from the list.

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For in-person sessions, you can purchase blocks that have questions or prompts written on them, or you can purchase a set of questions printed on stickers that you can stick onto each block. This makes for great flow in game play, as you simply read the prompt off of the block.

But when I decided to make a therapeutic tumbling tower game for my office, I wanted the option to tweak the prompts. Questions that might generate helpful discussion with a teenager could be inappropriate for a kindergartener. So, I decided to number my blocks. Like with the virtual Tumbling Tower game above, you can use a different list of questions and simply refer to the list during game play.

Numbered Blocks

I made my numbers in a rainbow of colors because this gives me even more options for prompts – I can go off of a list of 60 questions, or I can choose six prompts based on colors. This approach allows for more open-ended prompts.

I recommend making these lists based on what is helpful in your own practice. If you prefer, though, I’m sharing a PDF of the lists I’ve used. It includes:

  1. Getting-to-know-you prompts for younger kids
  2. Getting-to-know-you prompts for older kids
  3. Would You Rather for younger kids
  4. Would You Rather for older kids
  5. Feelings colors
  6. Topics colors

You can download the lists here:

Published by Dr Marschall

Dr. Amy Marschall received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford in September 2015. Her clinical interests are varied and include child and adolescent therapy, TF-CBT, rural psychology, telemental health, sexual and domestic violence, psychological assessment, and mental illness prevention. Dr. Marschall presently works in the Child and Adolescent Therapy Clinic at Sioux Falls Psychological Services in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she provides individual and family therapy and psychological assessment to children, adolescents, and college students. She also facilitates an art therapy group for adolescents and college students with anxiety and depression. Dr. Amy Marschall is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Telemental Health.

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