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Games That Build Social and Emotional Skills
Students who are in tune with their emotions -- and the emotions of others -- are better equipped for the ups and downs of school and life. They'll be able to navigate challenges more effectively and earn the trust and respect of their peers. They can better cope with difficult emotional situations and even act as mediators. One day, they may even use those perspective-taking skills to become better parents, colleagues, or leaders.
Classrooms are an ideal place to model and practice social and emotional (SEL) skills, and educational games are a perfect match for SEL. Learning games allow students to inhabit worlds and points-of-view and test out approaches to life in a safe environment where taking risks is encouraged. The SEL games we've curated on this list will help students expand their worldviews, understand the needs of others, identify and reflect on their own feelings, and gain a more rounded view of themselves. Some are quick experiences focused on particular struggles or skills, while others are more in-depth and aimed at broader coverage of SEL competencies.
For more social and emotional learning resources, please visit our SEL in Digital Life Resource Center.
Songs and activities help kids express, recognize, understand emotions
Appealing graphic novel teaches relatable tween lessons
Story-driven puzzle game teaches students to value their differences and help one another