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.


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 ...
emotion words

Emotion Words to Convey a Range of Feelings

It’s important that students learn to identify the degree of emotion they are feeling and use words that are more ...
circle of control worksheet

Circle of Control Worksheet for Students

Worrying about things we can’t control can be very frustrating and anxiety-inducing. Instead, we should try to channel our efforts ...
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 ...
Transition to Middle School: Opening Lockers

Transition to Middle School: Opening Lockers

Moving up to Middle School from Elementary School is an exciting time of transition that sometimes leaves students feeling a ...
school referal slips

Tattling vs Telling

While the distinction may appear nuanced, there are clear differences behind the meanings and purposes of tattling vs telling. Tattling ...
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

Nothing feels better than when things run smoothly and go according to plan, but we all experience life’s hiccups from ...
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 ...
bullying lesson

Bullying Lessons Using Apples

Most students know that bullying is bad, and yet bullying still happens in our schools every day. When we say ...

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