6 Creative Activities to Support Early Social-Emotional Learning

There are many skills that make up the full picture of social emotional health, and these skills are vital to your child's development. Here are 6 creative activities to do with your kiddo and infuse into your daily routine.

The Reaction Game

This is like charades where one person gets to act out having a “reaction” to something, and people have to guess what happened.

Benefits:

This activity promotes reading facial cues, emotion identification, empathy, & problem-solving while they continue to explore emotions.

Feelings Thumb Ball

Take a large ball & draw feeling faces all over it. Take turns catching it. When you do, name the feeling that your thumb is touching.

Benefits:

This activity promotes reading facial cues, emotion identification, empathy, & problem-solving while they continue to explore emotions.

Worry Box

Take a box or jar and decorate it, have your child draw a picture or write their worries & put them inside the box to get solved later.

Benefits:

It supports children in expressing emotions in ways that are comfortable to them and offers coping skills to manage big feelings.

A Home For Feelings

For this activity, you first need to have a representation of your feeling of choice. Next, find ways to nurture & discuss these feelings.

Benefits:

This activity supports emotion identification, expression, empathy building, coping skills, emotional regulation, and insight.

Create a Comfort Corner

Set up a cozy space in your home that can stay up permanently & kiddos can use it to calm down when they need to take a break.

Benefits:

This activity promotes emotional regulation skills, self-soothing skills, emotion identification plus it lets them know big feelings are ok.

Feelings Matching Game

Print or draw some feeling faces on pieces of paper. Make two of each. Mix them up, flip over & play a memory matching game.

Benefits:

This activity promotes emotion identification, reading facial cues, & lets them know that we can welcome all feelings.

The Feels helps little ones become aware of emotions, recognize them, & offers tools to help express them.