Social/Emotional Kids Activities (FREE)

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Social/Emotional Kid’s Activities

Social/Emotional activities help kids develop skills to better understand their world and connect with others. Children start developing social/emotional skills as babies and gain skills as they grow and respond to their environment. Since every child develops at their own unique pace, some concepts may take more time and positive support to learn.

The following worksheets, designed for elementary-aged kids, open the door for conversations about emotions, conflict resolution, self-care as well as friendship. They provide a great way for parents. teachers and other caregivers to support each child’s personal growth.

Downloadable Social/Emotional Kid’s Activities

BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends)? Releasing Soon!

Book Cover of "BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends)? A Girls Guide to True Friendships"
Book Cover: BFF or NRF by Jessica Speer

Packed with fun quizzes, colorful illustrations, and stories about girls, BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends)A Girls Guide to Happy Friendships is the ultimate interactive guidebook to help readers (ages 8-12) learn the ins and outs of friendship. Explore topics such as gossip, drama, and feeling left out, along with ways to strengthen the friendships that mean the most to you.

BFF or NRF Book Reviews

“Many girls struggle with friendship issues in elementary and middle school. This book provides a clear roadmap for girls to successfully navigate difficult friendships while helping them gain social awareness, skills and confidence in the process.”

– Dr. Cherylee E. Hirsch, Psy.D., School Psychologist

“A wonderfully empowering read! Although geared toward younger females, this book is a must-read for those who want to help cultivate an awareness of the powerful nature of TRUE friendships!”

Dr. Carla Marie Manly, Clinical Psychologist and Author

What is Social/Emotional Development

Social/emotional development is a child’s ability to understand the feelings of others, control his/her own feelings and behaviors, get along with others, and build relationships.

In learning to recognize, manage, and communicate their emotions and the emotions of others, children build the skills necessary to connect with family, peers, teachers, and the community. 

Early experiences with family, caregivers, and peers shape social/emotional development. People continue to be shaped by their experiences throughout life. Please feel free to share these social/emotional activities for school-aged kids with other caregivers and teachers.

Additional Resources

To learn more about social/emotional health, check out the following posts.

Mean or Bullying Behavior? Helping Kids Understand the Difference

Five Hidden Friendship Truths that Confuse Kids (and Adults too)

Helping Children Learn to Work Through Anger in a Healthy Way

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Author and Advocate for Kids and Families

2 thoughts on “Social/Emotional Kids Activities (FREE)

  1. I went through each of your worksheets. Each one of them is full of useful techniques! I wish I’d known this stuff when my kids were growing up!

    1. Thanks so much Amy! No doubt, my kids and I will learn and grow from this experience. Whether it’s managing big emotions, conflict resolution…lots of opportunities to grow when we are all under one roof all the time:)

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