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COPING w/ ANXIETY: Print + Digital SEL Game | Social Emotional Distance Learning



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Looking for a fun game to help kids and teens cope with anxiety?  You’ll  love The Coping with Anxiety Card Game.  Given the huge stressors that impact young people everyday, it’s imperative that we support them to to build healthy coping skills to manage their worries.   The questions and prompts encourage players to practice re-framing “what-ifs” to more realistic thoughts, to identify their fears, and add onto their existing toolbox of calming strategies.  


Ways You Can Use The Coping with Anxiety Game:

  • Small Groups for Social Emotional Learning Support and Skills Practice
  • Individual counseling sessions as an assessment tool.
  • The actual act of playing the game provides insight into children’s social skills, decision-making process, frustration tolerance, level of respect for rules & boundaries, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Playing also builds social skills!
  • Fun for Family Game Night!
  • Community and relationship building classroom group activity


Now Available in Both Print and Digital Game Formats

You now get to choose between playing the printable card game format or the digital Google Slides™ version.  So whether you are in person or need an interactive coping with anxiety game for distance learning, teletherapy, or virtual small groups, we got you covered!


How to Play The Digital Coping With Anxiety Connect Game

Taking turns, players/teams choose a number based on the spot they would like to place their pawn. Then answer the corresponding stress management question/prompt. Move game pawn to cover the number just answered. Players continue to take turns answering questions/prompts and moving their pawn pieces until the first player/team has completed a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal line of either 4 or 5 in a row.

For a Free “Sample Example” of how the digital game works, please download our Conversation Starter Connect Game!


How to Play The Printable Coping with Anxiety Card Game

In the spirit of other popular shedding-type card games, the player to get rid of all their cards first by wins. Players try to “match” the top card in the discard pile, by either laying down the same number, color (or shape, if using the black & white set), or type of action card. If the card contains a coping with anxiety question or prompt, that player shares their response. The player may choose to decline responding by using 1 of their 2 Pass Tickets. Actions cards add fun twists and turns to the game. Actions include:

  •  TAKE 3: The next person in line must take 3 cards before taking their turn.
  • ROTATE RIGHT / ROTATE LEFT: All players pass on, or “rotate,” their cards to either the left or right, so that everyone exchanges hands with each other.
  • GO AGAIN: Player gets to “go again,” gaining an additional turn.
  • FREE!: Player who discards a FREE card is “free” to choose a new color (or shape) for the discard pile and then discard an additional card based on the color (or shape) they changed it to.
  • FREE + SPY!: Player who discards a FREE+SPY card can spy on one player by peeking at their cards and then is “free” to choose a new color (or shape) for the discard pile and then discard an additional card based on the color (or shape) they changed it to.


Also, make sure to check out our FREE Coping with Anxiety Positive Affirmations Statements Poster!

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Coping Skills + Self-Regulation, Individual + Group Counseling

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✔ The Coping with Anxiety Connect Game on Google Slides™


✔ TWO sets of The Coping with AnxietyCard Game: in both color AND black and white! So if you don’t have access to a color printer, no problem! You can download and print in black and white too! Instead of color, players match up cards with shapes!

✔ Detailed Game Directions

✔ Tips on how to use the game as a Therapeutic Intervention

✔ Over 75 Questions & Prompts

✔ Action Cards

✔ Pass Tickets


I love this resource as it’s a easy way to know kids and make it fun to play! I love learn more about my students and not having to feel like I as a bunch of question. I love how some of these I was like that is a good question! Thank you!

-Maria G.

September 19, 2021, TPT Review



Such a cute way to introduce and incorporate coping skills with students in elementary school!!! Love how simple but pretty the designs on the cards are!

-Heather C.

August 8, 2021, TPT Review



This was a great game to use during distance learning. It really helped my students with some big issues. Thank you so much. A+

-The Whimsical Teacher (TPT Seller) 

June 9, 2021, TPT Review 



My students really enjoyed this resource. It is a fun way to talk about the thing we have been learning in our small group.

-Emily M.

May 3, 2021, TPT Review



Absolutely love how this was digitally created to be a connect four game. My kids love to learn while playing a game and this was perfect!

-Emily E.

April 28, 2021, TPT Review

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