75 Free Social Emotional Learning Activities

Welcome to our Social Emotional Learning Activities page. Below you will find free resources – lessons, activities, and printables – in the following skill areas: Communication, Cooperation, Emotion Regulation, Empathy, Impulse Control, and Social Initiation.

These resources are age-appropriate for elementary and middle school students and are typically used in a classroom or a small group setting. And in most cases, if materials are required for the activity, they are items that you already have in your classroom or office.

As you will see below, many of the SEL activities and lesson plans include characters from our game-based, social emotional learning curriculum. And if you are using, or plan to use the online games, these activities will reinforce the learning that occurs during gameplay.

Note: You may reproduce or reuse these lessons with students via other platforms like Google Classroom as needed, and if appropriate, please share this page on your school website so other educators may also benefit. We add new lessons on a regular basis, so make sure to check back frequently.

coping skills activity

Coping Skills Activity and Worksheet

This lesson is a coping skills activity to help student handle changes whenever they occur, and it is a follow ...
big changes

Big Changes versus Small Changes Activity

In this activity, your students will identify recent changes they have experienced and label them as big changes or small ...
following directions worksheet

Following Directions Worksheet and Activities

Learning to follow directions is an important skill for all students to master. By the time students start Kindergarten, they ...
Socially Appropriate Behavior Worksheet for Elementary School Students

Socially Appropriate Behavior Worksheet for Elementary School Students

Why Students Struggle With Impulse Control Kids may struggle with impulse control or self control for two different reasons: a ...
holiday printables

Holiday Printables for Social and Emotional Learning

When a holiday is coming up, both teachers and students are looking forward to some needed time off and are ...
i statements

I Statements Worksheet

Communicating how we feel can be a challenge for kids and adults, especially when we're frustrated. It's easy to blame ...
expressing feelings

Expressing Feelings Without Blaming Activity

This communication activity shows students examples of expressing feelings in an argument without blaming the other person. There can be ...
impulse control printable

Impulse Control Printable: Melt or Freeze

Impulse Control, or self-control, is the ability to control your behaviors and feelings. This impulse control printable asks students to ...
Game Guides: Informational Posters for Zoo U, SS GRIN, and Hall of Heroes

Game Guides: Informational Posters for Zoo U, SS GRIN, and Hall of Heroes

These are informative posters for three of our most popular programs: Zoo U, SS GRIN, and Hall of Heroes. In ...
making assumptions

Facts and Assumptions Activity

Making assumptions is an easy way to fill in missing information, and it’s so easy that sometimes our mind does ...
peer pressure activities

Peer Pressure Activities

In these peer pressure activities, students will come up with things t0 say to stand up to peer pressure in ...
Coping Skills Worksheets for Kids

Coping Skills Worksheets for Kids

Coping strategies are the thoughts and behaviors we use to regulate our emotions or deal with changes in our lives ...
social skill group activities

Social Skill Group Activities

When cooperating, everyone’s strengths need to come together to make a strong team. Everyone has personal strengths and weaknesses. But ...
action plan template

Action Plan Template: Plan Ahead

Having a goal in mind is great, but without planning how you’ll do it, you’re unlikely to achieve your goal ...
Role Models

Role Models

In this activity, students will read statements and decide whether they are good, bad, or not important when considering if ...
Communication Skills Worksheets: Appropriate and Inappropriate Topics

Communication Skills Worksheets: Appropriate and Inappropriate Topics

Teaching kids to initiate and communicate with others is crucial to making friends and thriving socially. At the same time, ...
i have who has game

I Have Who Has Game of Actions and Consequences

This group activity is an I have Who has game focused on consequences, and it can be used to help ...
mood ring colors

Mood Ring Colors: Identifying Emotions

This mood ring colors activity will have your students identifying emotions like a superhero! Did you have one of those ...

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