10 SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING CARD GAMES: Fun Small Group & Individual Counseling Activities


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Our social emotional card games bundle consists of 10 different SEL games.  School counselors and therapists love using these game during individual and small groups with students.  Available in both print and digital formats, you can use these fun interventions for distance learning, teletherapy, group counseling, and classroom community building.

Best of all, you’ll save 50% by buying this bundle, instead of purchasing each card game individually!


Ways You Can Use These Fun Social Emotional Learning Card Games:

  • 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 fun activity for distance learning, teletherapy, or virtual small groups, we got you covered!


How to Play The Digital Connect Games

Taking turns, players/teams choose a number based on the spot they would like to place their pawn. Then answer the corresponding question/prompt having to do with joy and happiness. 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 Card Games

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 question or prompt about joy and happiness, 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.

Please note: it does take some time and prep work to print and cut out these social emotional learning card games.  But as tons of counselors and teachers have attested, the time is well worth it!  You will be able to use these games for years to come, again and again!

SEL Topics Included:

This bundle is also included in our  Mega Bundle of 20 Cards Games, as well!



  • 10 SEL Connect Games on Google Slides


  • 10 SEL Card Games—-each containing TWO sets: 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 Card Games as a Therapeutic Intervention
  • Over 75 Questions & Prompts in each Game (with ten games, that means over 750!!)
  • Action Cards
  • Pass Tickets


During counseling sessions my students always ask if they can play a game and they love these cards. They get to have fun while also reflecting on themselves and situations. Highly recommend this resource.

-Ashley T.

December 22, 2021, TPT Review



I used this for small group counseling and it worked out well! I also like to pull out individual cards from the deck for social emotional question prompts in various other activities/games.

-Kasha C.

December 6, 2021, TPT Review



My students loved using these cards during our sessions. It brought up great conversations and allowed them to engage in a fun way.

-Sara C.

September 10, 2021, TPT Review



Because of Covid policies in my schools, the digital games that came with the card games were a lifesaver! In person and virtual students enjoyed playing the games, and the wide variety of topics meant that I could choose the game that was going to be most beneficial for each student. I look forward to using the card games this year, policy permitting.

-Shannon K.

August 15, 2021, TPT Review



Loved the opportunity to use these games for distance learning during school closures. Thank you so much for that update. Easy to use, my kids loved these games!

-Karen G.

July 18, 2021, TPT Review