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Find the SEL activities best for your students, groups, and classrooms.

Mentor, parental figure, friend, organizer, volunteer, therapist ... what are teachers not expected to be!? No one can do it all, and especially not alone. Learning social emotional skills is an important part of growing up, but teaching it within a sea of other subjects and duties can be overwhelming.

Fortunately, there are many fun social and emotional learning activities that can help. These tools aren't just like any other game that encourages cooperation--they have social emotional skills lessons built right in. Here are some SEL games and other activities to check out. Most of these are in PDF format so you can download them anytime.

SEL Activity Highlights


FEELOPOLY for Zoom & Large Classrooms

Feelings Jenga

Feel, Act, & Draw

Happy Dragon

Go Feel!

Emotions Match

Feelings Cards

Coping Skills Cards for Kids

Anger Management Worksheets

Printable Therapy Dice

CBT Triangle Worksheet

CBT Island Quest

Greatest DBT Board Game

CBT Lingo

SEL Activities Bundles


This is an infographic showing the SEL game FEELOPOLY, based on understanding and teaching social emotional concepts.

FEELOPOLY is a popular cooperative game among kids and therapists, and works great for one-on-one and small group setting. It's focused on naming feelings, discussing emotions, and learning to show empathy for yourself and others.

It covers self-awareness, social awareness, and other areas recommended by CASEL. Activities in the game include:

  • Labeling emotions

  • Recognizing feelings in the body (ie, feeling shaky when you're nervous)

  • Validating and accepting emotions in yourself and others

  • Using coping skills relating to emotions

Visit here to learn more and download FEELOPOLY.

2. FEELOPOLY for Zoom and Large Groups

This is an infographic showing the SEL game FEELOPOLY, based on understanding and teaching social emotional concepts.

This version of FEELOPOLY is best for platforms like Zoom, as well as for large classrooms, because you can project the game and you don't have to gather around a game board.

The game is similar to the traditional FEELOPOLY game, however the board is reimagined as a projection, so players can get the feel of a real board game.

Discuss feelings, work together, and validate emotions as a classroom as you practice valuable SEL ideas! The projection version of FEELOPOLY is currently in beta and you can download it along with the traditional game product. Visit here to learn more.

3. Feelings Jenga

An infographic showing Feelings Jenga Stickers. Feelings Jenga is an ever-popular therapy game popular among child therapists.

Feelings Jenga is another popular game among therapists that's been around for years. Many counselors create their own versions, using prompts, color-coded emotions, and much more.

In this version f Jenga, each block represents a prompt. It might involve discussing an emotion, or answering an icebreaker question.

This particular set of Feelings Jenga Stickers is set up for you, so you can apply the prompts directly to your blocks. It works best for small group settings and one-on-one or family groups. Check it out here!

4. Feel, Act, & Draw

This infographic shows the feelings game Feel, Act, & Draw, inspired by Pictionary and Charades but focused on feelings.

Feel, Act, & Draw is a game that combines elements of Pictionary and Charades. It's highly active, so use it wisely. It can be a game to match the high activity needs of a hyperactive group. Or, it might be a way to draw quieter students out.

It's easy to pull out the prompts or dd new ones based on your needs and goals for the game.

Learn more about Feel, Act, & Draw and shop the game here.

5. Happy Dragon

This is a GIF infographic that shows the cards from Happy Dragon, a printable emotions card game based on Old Maid.

Happy Dragon is based on "Old-Maid," except the goal is to be holding the special card (Happy Dragon) at the end.

You can play the game as is, or discuss the feelings as they match up. The Happy Dragon game is part of a larger set with other games and general feelings cards (described more below). Visit here to download it and play today.

6. Go Feel!

Gif infographic of Go Feel! the therapy game that works like Go-Fish but focuses on feelings.

Go Feel! is based on Go Fish. Players ask for certain feelings (or you can use the images) to create sets. If you'd like to add more to the game, you can facilitate a discussion for each feeling that is matched.

Ask open-ended questions, such as "Have you ever felt this way?" or "What's it like to have this feeling?"

Donwnload Go Feel as part of other magical-themed feelings decks. Visit here to learn more.

7. Emotions Match

A gif infographic that shows the matching of shame and excited cards in the feelings therapy game Emotions Match.

The Emotions Match game is exactly as it sounds -- a feelings match game. However, instead of matching up the same images, you match up the feeling words with the matching expression and body language of the unicorn and dragon characters.

The game is a subtle way to teach feeling words, empathy, and self-awareness. Like with Go Feel! you can also use each match as a way to talk about emotions if you want to take the game further. You can download Emotions Match with the overall Magical Emotions Card deck (seen below). Visit here to check it out.

8. Feelings Cards

Infographic of an emotions card decks that's printable and great for kids.

The ids emotions deck, or feelings cards, are a great way to help kids get familiar with feelings in a fun and non-threatening way. It includes separate unicorn and dragon decks, or you can mix and match (each set has different feeling words).

As mentioned, this set also includes all of the feelings games above, with variations of the decks suited for each game. There are even cards to add your own feelings!

Since the feelings deck comes as a PDF, you can also download or print multiple versions for your clients, students, or classrooms! Downloads the deck here.

9. Coping Skills Cards for Kids

This set of coping skills for kids cards is compatible with the feelings cards above. It includes a mix of the dragons and unicorns theme.

Since the cards are in PDF format you can download and print multiple cards, or keep a few decks on hand for the classroom.

They're great for calm-down corners, reviewing coping skills, and teaching self management and responsible decision-making.

Download your copy of the deck here. They're kid-approved!

10. Kids Anger Management Worksheets

Infographic of the Anger Iceberg worksheet and a set of SEL worksheets focused on recognizing and managing emotions.

It can be frustrating when a child gets angry or has inappropriate behaviors. Sometimes they haven't had a chance to learn about feelings, coping, or self-soothing, and that can make all the difference.

This set of worksheets starts out with the popular metaphor of the anger iceberg. The "angry iceberg," in this case, shows a lot of anger on the surface. But often underneath there are feelings like confusion and fear fueling those expressions.

The worksheets walk through understanding anger, recognizing triggers (through the Exploding Volcano) and using self-soothing skills (at Mindful Mountain). These worksheets are created to build on each other, although they can also work as standalone lessons. Download them here.

11. Printable Therapy Dice

An infographic of the printable therapy dice, including feelings words, DBT skills, coping skills, and more.

Therapy Dice is a fun and easy way to gamify learning SEL skills. This set may be best for older kids and teens.

It includes feelings dice, as well as skills and terms from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).

If you or your school or program use CBT or DBT it can be a great addition to your toolkit. The dice also include some basic feelings prompts for discussing emotions in general. Visit here to shop therapy dice!

12. Flip Books

Flip books can help kids create a coping plan for various experiences. For example, they might draw a feeling one one side and a coping skill on the other. Try using index cards, then hole punch the corners and attach them on a ring or ribbon.15.

13. Guess the Feeling PBS Game

Guess the Feeling is a Daniel Tiger game by PBS. The game features facial expressions, and the bright colors are attractive for younger kids. Check it out here.

14. Feelings Masks

Feelings masks are a great activity for all ages. You can create your own variations. For younger kids you may simply use a circle drawn on a piece of paper, or a paper plate. Kids can choose any emotion from a list and draw it on the mask.

Or, they can create a feel-good emotion on one side and an uncomfortable feeling on the other side. Teach the idea that all kinds of feelings are normal, even when they don't feel good sometimes. They can either feel the feeling until it goes away, or use a skill to feel better.

16. What are They Feeling? Game

This feelings match game is appropriate for teens and young adults, and it's kind of fun. Look at historical images and drawings and guess the matching emotion. It's a quick activity but can be a good discussion opener for adolescents. Check it out here.

17. How are You Feeling? Game

On the other end of the spectrum, the How are you Feeling? game is best for kids 6 and under. It introduces children to emotional awareness. Learn more here.

18. Calm Down Jars

Calming jars are a favorite among kids. I like to use fancy bottles like those that come with premium water from the gas station. But any clear bottle or jar will do. Kids can choose small toys and trinkets to fill up the jar, along with glitter or plastic confetti.