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.


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 ...
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

Positive and Negative Consequences

We often think of consequences in terms of bad things that could happen. If I go to bed early, I’ll ...
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 ...
charades for kids

Charades for Kids: Feelings and Empathy

This charades for kids activity will help students identify different emotions and understand how another person may be feeling in a given ...
freeze game

Freeze Game Lesson for Students in Elementary School

Children with good self-control are able to pay attention to important information in their environment, such as instructions from teachers ...
body language activities

Body Language Activities using Telephone Game

Good communication is important for getting along well with others, but students often have difficulty understanding that their body language ...
calm classroom

Cool Down Corner to Create a Calm Classroom

Strong emotions make it difficult to make good choices about what to say or do. By working with your students ...
nonverbal communication activities

Nonverbal Communication Activities for Students in Grades K-8

Nonverbal communication activities are a great way to enhance critical social and emotional skills, including knowledge of voice inflection, facial expressions, ...
perspective taking activities

Perspective Taking Activities: Find the Airplane

Perspective taking activities can help improve critical skills like empathy and communication. In this activity, with the help of a ...

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