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 online social skills games. 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, we would appreciate you sharing this page on your school website so other educators may also benefit.

If you are new to Social Emotional Learning, please make sure and look at our Introduction to Social Emotional Learning, and if you need information to share with parents, we have a Guide to Social Emotional Skills at Home.

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 ...
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 tone of voice, ...
following directions activities

Following Directions Activities: Principal Wild Says

These following directions activities are a great way to build critical skills in impulse control, and this activity is a ...
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 ...
emotion words

Different Emotion Words Within One Emotion

In these emotion words worksheets, students will evaluate words that describe the range of one emotion and identify situations that ...
circle of control worksheet

Circle of Control Worksheet for Students

Kids don’t have a lot of control over their lives. They’re told when to go to school, when to go ...
positive self talk for kids

Positive Self Talk for Kids

In this positive self talk for kids activity, students will practice battling their shadow self by reframing negative thoughts and ...
Conversation skills staying on topic

Staying on Topic Activity for Elementary School Students

Staying on topic is important if you want to have a successful conversation. Sometimes we’re not interested, but being a ...
first day of middle school

First Day of Middle School: Opening Lockers

Are your students starting to get anxious about the first day of middle school? Most kids are, and this worksheet ...
school referal slips

School Referral Slips: Something’s Bugging Me Printables

These “Something’s Bugging Me” slips can help students share their concerns discreetly, and provide documentation for internal school referral to ...
stop and think

Stop and Think

Making impulsive choices without pausing to stop and think about the consequences can have ramifications in a child’s social life ...
Conversation Starters for Kids

Conversation Starters for Kids

This conversation starters for kids activity will help students initiate a conversation by giving them common topics to discuss with ...
helping others activity

Helping Others Activity

This helping others activity shows students how to practice empathy in everyday situations. Have y’all seen that TV show What ...
feelings worksheet

Feelings Worksheets: Understanding Big Emotions vs. Small Emotions

Understanding how to regulate emotions isn't something we are born with, it is a skill we learn over time. One ...
feelings faces

Feelings Faces: A Free Match the Emojis Printable

Warm up your laminators! You’ll definitely want to use and reuse this feelings faces activity. In this emotions worksheet, students ...

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