72 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 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. We add new lessons on a regular basis, so make sure to check back frequently.

Note: You may reproduce or reuse these lessons with students via other platforms like Google Classroom as needed. And if appropriate, we would appreciate you sharing this page on your school website so other educators may also benefit.


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

Coping Skills Worksheets for Kids

Coping skills are the behaviors and thoughts you use to regulate your emotions or deal with changes in your life ...
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 ...
friendship traits

Friendship Traits: Making and Keeping Friends Activity

In this making and keeping friends activity, students will sort friendship traits based on whether they describe a good or ...
impulse control worksheets

Impulse Control Worksheets: A Stop and Think Activity

These impulse control worksheets will help your students create a lasting connection to the concept of Stop and Think by ...
think before you speak

Think Before You Speak

To be honest, it can be hysterical to hear a child say something they shouldn’t. A child pointing out a ...
think ahead

Think Ahead Activity: Positive and Negative Consequences

This printable will help students think ahead to the positive and negative consequences of their choices. We often think of ...
How to Make Friends at School Activities

How to Make Friends at School Activities

No matter the time of year, there may be some students still feeling left out, not sure how to become ...
impulse control activities

Impulse Control Activities: Ready, Set, Go Game

Impulse control, or self-control, is the ability to resist temptations, urges, or impulses in order to meet one’s goals. Children ...
manage emotions

Manage Emotions Lesson for Students in Elementary School

Kids often have strong emotional reactions to failure, even failures that seem small to us, like messing up a drawing ...
identifying emotions activity

Identifying Emotions Activity: Chameleon Moods

Identifying and managing feelings, or Emotion Regulation, requires the ability to respond to strong emotional situations in a socially acceptable ...
belly breathing for kids

Belly Breathing for Kids

Managing your feelings requires the ability to respond to strong emotions in an appropriate way. For example, staying calm when ...
find someone who

Find Someone Who

Students are excited about making new friends as the school year is starting (or any time of year, really), but ...

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