Social Skills Activities & Games



SOCIAL SKILLS ACTIVITIES AND GAMES Activities and games that foster good social skills while the kids are having fun

First, you have to be a good friend to have a good friend.

Social skills activities help build an understanding of feelings, builds social skills and support emotional regulation. Perspective taking is only possible once you understand your feelings and the feelings of others.

Our social-emotional activities are designed to enhance social skills and peer relationships for children on the autism spectrum.

Privacy Circles

Privacy Circles

Privacy Circles

How many times has your child embarrassed you by blurting out personal information to a stranger? Or invited a neighbor that you barely know to a party at your house? Both of these things have happened to us. To help children understand what to share, we often use Privacy Circles to explain this confusing concept.

Teaching Social Skills to Kids; Tips, Activities & Resources

Our Tips for Developing Social Skills

Raising a social child builds the foundation for them to grow into being a healthy, happy adult.We mean raising a child that can successfully navigate social situations, integrate perspective taking and create lasting relationships.We hope that these tips will help your children develop the social skills they need on their journey through our social world.

Objectives: Social Skills

Stick Up For Your Feelings Social Skills Game

Stick Up For Your Feelings: Social Skills Game

Stick Up For Your Feelings: Social Skills Game PDF

Practice whole body listening and explore feelings with this fun activity.

Objectives: Whole-body listening, Social Skills, Defining and Recognizing Feelings, Eye Contact


self-esteem mirror

Self-Esteem Mirror

Self-Esteem Mirror PDF

Healthy self-esteem is like a child’s armor against the challenges of the world. Kids who know their strengths and weaknesses and feel good about themselves seem to have an easier time handling conflicts and resisting negative pressures. They tend to smile more readily and enjoy life.

Objectives: Bolstering Self-esteem


Printable social skills Game

How Am I Feeling? Social Skills Game

How Am I Feeling? Game PDF

This game deliberately mismatches the words to the feelings so that one needs to pay attention to the facial expression, body language, and tone in order to correctly guess the feeling.

Objectives: Whole-body listening, Social Skills, Defining and Recognizing Feelings, Eye Contact

Explore Feelings with the Book Two by Kathryn Otoshi Picture Book-Activities

Two by Kathryn Otoshi – Picture Book Activities

Kathryn Otoshi is one of our favorite authors! We are happy to share our Two by Kathryn Otoshi – Picture Book Activities. Explore feelings with this easy craft that is a great companion activity for the book TWO.


Balloon People Social Skills Activities to Help Children Explore Their Feelings

Balloon People

Balloon People PDF

Balloons are one of the best inventions ever! These balloon people help children explore and identify their emotions in a fun and playful way. Don’t be surprised if a tribe of balloon people invades your house.

Objectives: Emotional Awareness, Identifying feelings, Fine motor

Camera Chain Letter Social Skills and Letter Writing Activity Helping Children to Feel Connected

Camera Chain Letter

The other day, I was cleaning out one of the many junk drawers in our home. Included in my findings were 2 disposable cameras that I remember purchasing back awhile ago and the idea of starting a photographic chain letter was born.

Objectives: Perspective Taking, Building Connections, Following directions


This is Zeke Page 9

Zeke Learns Facial Expressions!

One of the key ways to connect with people is through our facial expressions. Children benefit from learning how facial expressions need to match the emotions that they are feeling. Marcia Goldman cleverly demonstrates this through Lola. Lola, who is a rising star, tries to help her younger brother Zeke by teaching him how to use his facial expressions to show his emotions and become more engaging. Kids will enjoy this free printable book.


Texture People Children Connect Their Feelings With Textures

Feel Your Feelings With Texture People

Feel Your Feelings PDF

Some children connect their feelings best with words, others like colors or drawing or music. This activity is for those kids who like different textures. After all, when talking about feelings how often are the words “smooth” or “prickly” used to describe how one feels about a situation. This activity matches textures with emotions.

Objectives: Identifying and Exploring Emotions, Perspective Taking, Social Skills


Letter writing for kids can help develop social skills and bolster self-esteem!

Letter writing for kids can help develop social skills and bolster self-esteem!

Letters From Florida Frenz

Having special needs can be lonely. To help the kids that we work with feel connected and supported we will set up kids as pen pals and encourage letter writing for kids so they can share their feelings and get some help from a friend. Florida Frenz, author of How to be Human, Diary of an Autistic Girl wrote these letters to a younger girl when she was 12. Enjoy the sage and humorous advice of Florida.

Objectives: Friendship, Humor

 Gratitude Garland

Gratitude Garlands

Gratitude Garlands PDF

Children with autism spectrum disorder do not intend to ignore other people’s feelings they just don’t realize that they are supposed to take that into consideration. This activity encourages thoughtfulness.

Objectives: Theory of Mind, Perspective Taking, Social-Emotional, Fine Motor, Hand Strength, Categorizing


How-to-be-HumanHow to be Human, Diary of an Autistic Girl Teacher Resource

With powerful words and pictures Florida chronicles in her notebook her journey to figure out how to read facial expressions, how to make friends, how to juggle all the social cues that make going to school feel like a complicated maze.

Objective: Social skills.


My Many Colored Feelings

My Many Colored Feelings

My Many Colored Feelings PDF

Putting colors to emotions has been going on for centuries. Carol Grey made putting colors with emotions popular with her comic strip conversations. This activity helps children process their emotions using color as a visual aid.

Objectives: Processing Emotions, Theory of Mind


Happy Halloween To Our Friends With AutismHalloween Social Story

Halloween can be overwhelming for a child with special needs. For children who like things to be the same, the uproar surrounding the holiday may be confusing. Read this social story with your child to help them feel more comfortable.

Objectives: Social-emotional, Flexibility, Perspective Taking


Put Your Thoughts On Ice and calm your emotions

Put Your Thoughts on Ice: Social Emotional Activity

Put Your Thoughts On Ice Social Emotional Activity PDF

A fun activity involving ice and a hammer. This activity is great for dealing with feelings and obsessive thoughts.

Objectives: Social-Emotional, Processing Feelings, Perspective Taking, Social Skills


Emotions Scavenger Hunt

Emotions Scavenger Hunt

Emotions Scavenger Hunt PDF

Facial expressions can be difficult to read. A scavenger hunt will be a fun way to encourage children to look and decipher other people’s emotions.

Objectives: Social-emotional skills, Visual scanning, Critical thinking skills.

Emotions Scavenger Hunt Worksheet: Download this worksheet to go with the Emotions Scavenger Hunt.

Be a Social Spy – Perspective Taking Activity to Build Social Awareness

Be a Social Spy

Be a Social Spy and Social Spy Worksheet PDFs

In order to encourage kids to pay attention to social cues, I give them “homework”: a list of questions for them to answer by observing their peers. You can also use this activity in group situations to build more understanding and social bonding

Objectives: Perspective taking, Recognizing body language, Social skills


Jobs Charade Game Explore Pretend and Community Helpers

What Job Do You Want? Charades Game

What Job Do You Want? Charades PDF

Do you know what job you want to do when you grow up?  Play this game and you may find your dream job!

Objectives: Cooperative Play, Referencing, Recognizing Body Language

More Social Skills Activities:

Emotion Cards from Autism Teaching Strategies

Friendship Activities from A to Z Teacher Stuff

Inside Out Teaching Emotions Activity from Surviving a Teacher Salary

Social skills activities help build an understanding of feelings, builds social skills and support emotional regulation.


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