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COPING TOOLS: Social Emotional Learning Group Counseling Game on Coping Skills



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Looking for a fun game to teach kids all about coping skills?  You’ll love our Coping Tools Card Game!  When students play this game, they will learn and practice different calming strategies, self-regulation tools, mindfulness exercises and coping skills. 


Ways You Can Use The Coping Tools 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 mindfulness coping skills game for distance learning, teletherapy, or virtual small groups, we got you covered!


How to Play The Digital Coping Tools Connect Game

Taking turns, players/teams choose a number based on the spot they would like to place their pawn. Then answer the corresponding coping skills 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 my Conversation Starter Connect Game!


How to Play The Printable Coping Tools 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 question or prompt about coping or self-regulation strategies, 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.


Make sure to check out our FREE Coping Thoughts Poster!


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Coping Skills + Self-Regulation, Individual + Group Counseling

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✔ The Coping Tools Connect Game on Google Slides™


✔ TWO sets of The Coping Tools Card 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 Card Game as a Therapeutic Intervention

✔ Over 75 Questions & Prompts

✔ Action Cards

✔ Pass Tickets


These are great cards, but it took a long time to create each set. Even so, they were worth the time and I would love to be able to use them again soon.

-Rachel P.

May 4, 2021, TPT Review



I love the Whole Hearted School Counselling card games! I appreciate how this is a fun and engaging way to practice coping skills that can be used during many counselling sessions with various age groups.

-Rachel P.

January 5, 2022, TPT Review



I have used the growth mindset cards in the past and just like those this set does not disappoint! The kids love the wild cards and it gives them a way to have fun and yet focus on important topics too. Thank you for making these.

-School Counselor Stroz (TPT Seller) 

December 2, 2021, TPT Review 



I am currently using some of the questions during our morning meeting. It is a great way to introduce some coping strategies.

-Carol L.

October 18, 2021, TPT Review



An excellent resource for supporting the development of coping skills in children who struggle with self regulation. Very motivating for them! Thank you!

-Angela P.

October 17, 2021, TPT Review

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