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SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS

Social-Emotional Activities for Pre-K through 12th Grade Students

Included below is a list of activities, video clips, coping skills, and more to help address the social-emotional needs of students, in PreK through Grade 12, while they are at home. Many students benefit from the social-emotional services they receive in school. Since many schools are closed during this time, this page offers a list of activities for students to complete and engage in, in order to address their social-emotional well-being.

You will also find a section dedicated to Family Activities as well as Supports for Parents and Caregivers.

 

COUNSELING ACTIVITIES

COPING SKILLS

WORKSHEETS & WORK BOOKS

VIDEO CLIPS

SOCIAL STORIES

WEBSITES

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

 

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Take the time to do things together as a family. This seems simple, but it is easy to get caught up in the rush of our daily lives. It is important now more than ever to slow down a bit and enjoy time together as a family. Below is a list of ideas and activities that families can do together.

COOK A FAMILY MEAL

Try cooking a meal or baking together. Get your kids involved in helping prepare a meal with you, let them help set the table, and enjoy eating together as a family with no distractions of television or devices.

FAMILY GAME TIME

Play games together or do a family puzzle. It can help relieve stress, create a connection, and occupy time.

FAMILY MOVIE

Set aside time to sit together as a family and enjoy a movie together.

READ

Reading with your children is a great way to bond, connect, and teach. Reading together strengthens the relationship and bond between the child and caregiver. It also promotes language, conversation, emotional intelligence, and learning.

GO FOR A WALK

During a time where social distancing is strongly encouraged, it is difficult for families to stay inside all of the time. If you can, make time for you and your family to get outside and go for a walk together or just spend some time outside each day. Getting some sunshine and fresh air is good for the mind and body.

 

SUPPORT FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS

SELF CARE

It is important that you find time to take care of yourself during these challenging times. That may seem difficult, but it can even be taking the time to go for a walk alone, call or FaceTime a friend or relative, have a cup of coffee or tea, read a book, magazine, or newspaper, or even take a relaxing shower or bath. Your children look to you for comfort, support, and guidance. Having you at your best will help them feel calm and safe.

DEEP BREATHING OR YOGA

Just closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth can help you calm in a moment of stress or anxiety. Yoga is another wonderful way to calm your body and mind. It can be done alone or with family. YouTube offers short and easy techniques to follow.

POSITIVE SELF-TALK

It is easy to get caught up in a negative mindset by simply watching the news or going on social media. So, if you need to, take a break from news and media outlets. Limit your intake of the news and media daily if it is contributing to increased feelings of worry, stress, or anxiety. Instead, take moments throughout the day to remind yourself of the good in your life and the things that make you happy and you are thankful for.

DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP

Sometimes things just feel too difficult for us to handle alone. Reach out to a trusted friend or family member for support. Talk about what you are thinking and feeling. As many of us are spending most of our time at home, it can feel lonely. If you are continuing to struggle, reach out for help from a mental health professional. Many are offering their services and supports over the telephone and video chat.

 

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