90+ 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.

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 ...
Emotional Regulation Activities

Emotional Regulation Activities

Sometimes things don’t go according to plan, and it’s understandable that students might get upset about it! Whether it’s a ...
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

At the start of the school year (or any time, really) students are excited about making new friends and getting ...
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

Ever find yourself asking a student who’s made a questionable choice, “Why would you do something like that?” only to ...
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 can make it difficult to make good choice, so it is important that students learn how to manage ...
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 Activity

Perspective Taking Activity

Is the glass half empty or half full? Is the Mona Lisa smiling? Are roller coasters thrilling or are they ...
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 for Students

Circle of Control Worksheet for Students

Worrying about things we can’t control can be very frustrating and anxiety-inducing. This is especially true for students who may ...
Positive Self Talk for Kids

Positive Self Talk for Kids

Positive thinking is a psychological framework for embracing optimism that has gained attention in recent years. Research suggests that a ...
Staying on Topic Activity for Elementary School Students

Staying on Topic Activity for Elementary School Students

An important piece of healthy and respectful relationships is communication. In conversation, this includes intent and active listening, asking and ...

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