Use this list of free resources to use as social emotional learning activities to help you work with kids and young adults. As a special educator for 10 years, I can say without a doubt that we need more social emotional learning supports for kids and young adults. Some of my best days in the classroom involved collaborating with the school counselor, social worker, and school psychologist to create lessons and activities for our kids. Whether you are a school counselor, outside therapist, psychologist, social worker, or special educator, many of these resources might be able to help you as you work with kids. Free resources include printable materials, websites, Pinterest boards to follow, apps, and videos.
If you are looking for more information on what SEL is and why it is important, make sure to read up on the basics of social emotional learning.
– Free Printable Resources –
1. 100 Free Coping Strategies List – A 2-page printable with 100 coping strategies.
2. Social Scenario Problem Solving Task Cards – Task cards that highlight social scenarios and situations for kids to solve.
3. Growth Mindset Task Cards – Task cards that help teach hard work, persistence, grit, dedication, and a positive mindset.
4. 101 Free Positive Affirmations List – A 2-page printable list with 101 positive statements for kids to read.
5. Mindfulness Breathe Boards – Two free printable breathe boards to help focus on deep breathing techniques.
6. SEL Read Aloud List – Free printable read aloud list arranged by social emotional learning skill.
7. Power of Yet Posters – Three simple posters that encourage hard work and dedication.
8. Free Overcoming Adversity Activities – Worksheets and lessons to help kids and young adults overcome challenges and adversity.
9. Free Coping Strategies Notebook – Use this resource to help kids set up their own individualized coping strategies binders.
10. Mindfulness Coloring Pages – Free mindfulness coloring pages with positive sayings.
11. Relationship-Building Questions – Three printable pages filled with meaningful relationship-building questions.
12. Middle School Keys to Success – Worksheet and activity to help kids succeed at middle school.
13. Conversation Starter Cards – Mix of questions regarding self, home, friends, school, family, and more to get to know kids.
14. All About Me – Free 1-page worksheet for kids to share interesting facts about themselves.
15. Free Divorce Worksheets – Information explaining what divorce means for kids and families.
16. Executive Functioning Skills Poster – Fun printable list of executive functioning skills learners need for academic and social success.
17. Anger Management Worksheets – Printables including anger trigger worksheets and an anger log.
18. Free Positive Posters – Set of 8 simple posters to help encourage, calm, and soothe kids.
19. Break Cards – Three sets of break cards that encourage kids to take breaks in positive ways.
20. How Big Is My Problem? Task Cards – Task cards that help kids determine how “big” each problem is in a variety of scenarios.
21. Kindness Activity – Free kindness lesson and activity with a coloring page.
22. Free Executive Functioning Workbook – Guide and workbook to help teach kids executive functioning and study skills.
23. Self Esteem Bookmarks – Bookmarks for kids to color while helping them learn positive self-talk and a growth mindset.
24. Morning Meeting Rules Sign – Simple poster to go over rules for morning meeting.
25. Gratitude Activities – Worksheets and activities to help focus on gratitude and positive thinking.
– Free Apps –
26. Headspace: Guided Meditation & Mindfulness – This app provides meditation exercises with a coach that helps you learn as you go.
27. The Mindfulness App – A mindfulness app that helps you become more present in your daily life with guided and silent meditation sessions.
28. Aware – This app leads you through daily mindfulness meditation techniques, including energizing activities and breathing practice.
29. Stop Breathe & Think: Meditate – Tailored to your specific emotions, this app helps you take a break and reduce stress through meditation.
30. MyCalmBeat – This app provides training and practice in slow, deep breathing for stress reduction.
31. Breathe – An app that assists in controlling your breathing.
32. Gratitude Journal – This app helps you focus on the positive by identifying what you are thankful for each day.
33. Pacifica – Stress & Anxiety – Tools for mindfulness, meditation, relaxation, and health/mood tracking.
34. Affirmation Reminder – Select from a list of positive affirmations or make your own to add as reminders.
35. ColorMe – Free coloring app to help reduce stress.
36. Relax Melodies – Free app with white noise and calming sounds for sleeping and meditation.
37. The Calm Clinic – Website with articles specifically focused on anxiety.
38. National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens – Lots of free resources and information for parents, educators, counselors, and teens themselves.
39. Love Is Respect – Website that teaches young adults about health relationships.
40. PsychCentral – Detailed information, resources, and articles on a number of mental health disorders and disabilities.
41. American Psychological Association – Large assortment of free information on topics and latest research.
42. College Board – Website to help young adults, parents, and counselors navigate through college decisions.
– Free Videos –
43. Creating a Coping Strategies Notebook
44. School Counselor Office Must Haves
45. Developing a School Counseling Program
46. Clipboard Progress Monitoring
– Pinterest Boards –
47. Counseling & Mental Health for Young Adults
48. Child Anxiety
49. Guidance, Counseling, & Social Work
I hope these free resources and materials are helpful to you and the kids you are working with! If you are looking for even more resources, consider checking out all of my free and paid resources in my store here.
jean farrell says
i am a guidance counsellor and would love these resources
I have been looking for a long time for activities or situation cards to make a board game . Thank you so much for having this page available and free for a non profit Daycare!
Lauren @ Simply-Well-Balanced says
Wow! What an absolute treasure trove of resources. I discovered your blog, which led me to your TPT page while looking for some emotional/coping strategies for my own child. I am also a teacher and I am so impressed with the quality and scope of your materials. I think I will end up downloading almost everything on this page. Thank you for sharing!
Thank you SO much! I think it’s so wonderful you are finding resources for you own child. If you ever need anything that you can’t find, always feel free to reach out! -Kris
Such brilliant resources, I’m really looking forward to using with my son. Thank you so much for providing these resources for FREE ! Much appreciated!
You are so welcome. I hope they are helpful to you!
Chloe Meisner says
Thank you SO much! As a school counselor in training, these resources are very much appreciated.
Lisa Polk-Woolfolk says
Very great resources. Please email.
LINDA L Hartley says
Really nice resources to use per child
Lana Griffin says
I would love to have these things for the children I work with.
Thank you so very much! I am new to the elementary counseling world and these will help me tremendously!
I’m so glad! Enjoy!
These are amazing materials. I know they would greatly enhance my program. Thanks for the amazing offer.
You’re welcome. I hope they are helpful to you!
Meka Berry says
How can I receive these free resources
Hi Meka! They each include links to where you can find them. If they are on TpT, you will need to make a free account but it’s truly free and you don’t need to purchase anything. Feel free to reach out to me again if you need more help! -Kris
amazing resources! thanks a million!!!! you made my day! it is so interesting for both school and home!! can’t wait to put these materials into practise!!
Traci Henze says
Thank you for these wonderful resources. For the last 3 weeks of school during COVID, I’d love to share the kindness choice board coloring page with our families to help encourage kindness over these last few weeks, as we make the final push for at-home learning. The download says it’s free, but the TPT website states not to post it online. Most of our families are getting information from us through our websites and some drive-through for hard copies. Would it be OK for me to post this and share it with our teachers so they can get it to our families. I promise I’ll take it off my webiste by June 1.
Hi- Yes, you can absolutely send to your students and families. For paid resources especially, I would only allow sending materials through password protected means so they don’t show up in a Google search. I am giving permission at this time for you to post the free kindness activity, though. You can actually send it straight from here if you’d like: https://www.thepathway2success.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Kindness-Activity-Pathway-2-Success-1-1.pdf Thanks for all you do!