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.
Square Breathing, Lazy 8 Breathing, Star Breathing, and Triangle Breathing
WORKSHEETS & WORK BOOKS
Worksheets on Respect, Friendship, Responsibility, Kindness, Empathy, and Courage
Worry Warriors - A 7 Part Series
Part 1: Welcome to Worry Warriors - What is a Worry Warrior?
Part 3: Worry Warriors: What Does Worry Feel Like in my Body?
Part 4: Worry Warriors: Can I Control that Thing I'm Worried About?
Part 5: Worry Warriors: What Can I Do if I Feel Out of Control?
Part 7: Worry Warriors: How Can I Tell if my Worries are Legit?
Sesame Street Video Clips/Lessons
Daniel Tiger Video Clips/Lessons
Covid Book - A Social Story about Covid-19 | Mindheart (offered in 25 languages)
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING
Julia Cook Books
Sanford-Harmony - Harmony at Home
The M&M Feelings Game
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.
Set aside time to sit together as a family and enjoy a movie together.
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
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.
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.