Empathy Toy™ on CBC TV

Learning 21st century skills by playing games—and how the Empathy Toy™ is being embraced by everyone from students to CEOs—takes centre stage on CBC’s Our Toronto with Marivel Taruc.

 
 

How the Game Works

Meet the Empathy Toy™! Each toy piece has a different shape and texture. One player starts with a pattern of assembled puzzle pieces, and everyone works together to recreate the same shape with the matching pieces! But wait – there's an unexpected challenge…

 
 

Empathy Toy™ Origin Story

It all started as a student project with a very specific assignment: design a navigational aid for the blind. Discover the history of the Empathy Toy™ in this early-days TEDx Talk from Twenty One Toys Founder and Empathy Toy™ Inventor, Ilana Ben-Ari.

TIME Magazine
September 2014

“One of six new technologies shaping classrooms of the future…”

Amanda Lang
Anchor, BNN Bloomberg,
Bestselling author of The Beauty of Discomfort

“[The Empathy Toy™s] don't just develop empathy - they also foster resilience, collaboration, and creativity.”

Pasi Sahlberg
Director General, Finland’s Ministry of Education, author: Finnish Lessons 2.0

“Toys that help kids become global leaders: The Empathy Toy™ is my favorite.”

Ideal for use at School in 1 Classroom

The Empathy Toy™ Teacher's Kit

Teachers and students alike are embracing toys and play as powerful tools to develop empathic leadership. As education moves from a transfer of information to collaborative participation, the Empathy Toy™ is being used in thousands of classrooms around the world to help students practice this critical 21st Century skill. You'll find the Empathy Toy™ in the Chinese University of Hong Kong Executive MBA Program and in every public school in Milwaukee. Students are playing and learning in Geneva, Switzerland and Nairobi, Kenya, in Melbourne, Australia and Winnipeg, Canada. No matter the classroom, the students playing, the language being spoken, or the grade level, the Empathy Toy™ is changing what learning looks like.

A Teacher's Kit is ideal for one classroom of up to 20 students from K-12. It comes with a guidebook with over 52 ways to play to help students of all ages to apply and refine empathy in four domains: Creative Dialogue, Teamwork & Collaboration, Autonomous Learning, and Making Connections. Whether you're covering analogy in a language class or collaborative problem solving in a design class, we've outlined discussion questions, game designs, and ways to measure growth for dozens of different games.

The Empathy Toy™ Teacher’s Kit Explained

Educators's Guidebook for the Empathy Toy™

3 Ways to Use Your Empathy Toy™ Teachers's Kit at School

Michael Cassidy,
Associate Dean, Continuing Education Sheridan College, 2014-2017

“The Empathy Toy™ is the ultimate enabler for transitioning away from past education models of information consumption towards innovation and experiential participation.”

For Teams of 3–20 to use at work

The Empathy Toy™ Facilitator's Kit

Empathy is being recognized as the #1 job skill, so it's no surprise that hundreds of HR Departments, Training and Development Teams, and Managers are bringing the Empathy Toy™ to work! The Empathy Toy™ proves that play and work are not opposites and that empathy helps teams collaborate better, and achieve better results. You'll find the Empathy Toy™ in small start-up companies and multi-national companies, played by teams in finance, tech, retail, and healthcare. Organizations are making time to play in Auckland, New Zealand and San Francisco, USA, in Seoul, South Korea and Amsterdam, Netherlands. Regardless of industry, job function, seniority, or team size, the Empathy Toy™ is helping businesses remain competitive in the 21st Century.

An Empathy Toy™ Facilitator's Kit is ideal for teams who have less than 20 members and at least one person who is comfortable leading a facilitated conversation. It comes with everything you need to play as well as a guidebook to help you integrate the toy into existing programs. The guidebook outlines discussion questions, game designs, and a number of possible themes that you can explore with the Empathy Toy™.

The Empathy Toy™ Facilitator's kit is a great start for embedding empathy into your work. As we limit independent facilitators to 3 toy kits, and organizations to 5 toy kits without training, you can gain access to additional toys from our Empathy Toy™ Library through our Level 1 Training and support. Contact us today to learn more, or check out our training page for the details!

The Empathy Toy™ Facilitator’s Kit Explained

Facilitator's Guidebook for the Empathy Toy™

3 Ways to Use Your Empathy Toy™ Facilitator's Kit at Work

Tara John
Head of Talent, Inclusion & Learning
Bank of Montreal

“I have seen first hand the powerful impact the Empathy Toy™ has had on our leaders at the Bank of Montreal."

“Empathy is the #1 Job Skill of the Future”

If you're excited about bringing the Empathy Toy™ to your team, but you'd like a little help - you're in luck! We have two options to help you. You can either bring in our expert facilitators to run an Empathy Toy™ workshop for your team or come in for Level 1: Empathy Toy™ Training to get the hands-on support you need to start embedding empathy into your work.

Arrive at powerful insights into how your team collaborates, communicates, and solves problems in your Empathy Toy™ Workshop!

Learn More about Our Workshops