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FRIENDSHIP: Print + Digital SEL Game | Social Emotional Distance Learning



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Looking for a fun game to teach kids all about friendship?  You’ll love our Friendship Card Game!  When students play this game, they will learn social emotional learning skills that will help them to make and keep friends.  This is a perfect game to use in your small counseling groups that deal with social skills and relational aggression.  


Ways You Can Use The Friendship 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 social skills game for distance learning, teletherapy, or virtual small groups, we got you covered!


How to Play The Digital Friendship Connect Game

Taking turns, players/teams choose a number based on the spot they would like to place their pawn. Then answer the corresponding friendship or social skill 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 Friendship 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 friendship question or social skill 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.


Make sure to check out our Conflict Resolution Quiz Show Lesson!


Additional information

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Individual + Group Counseling, Helpful Thinking, Affirmations + CBT

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✔ The Friendship Connect Game on Google Slides™


✔ TWO sets of The Friendship 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


I am a school counselor and have a group of girls who struggle with their friendship. This was an amazing game to allow them to engage and learn more about themselves, conflict resolution and healthy friendships. They even wanted to come back and play it again. I will definitely continue to use this resource!

-Tahja G.

November 3, 2021, TPT Review



Students LOVED playing this game! Games are a strong regulating tool for us in our classroom! This was new and helped work on those tough to develop skills that we commonly find in Jr. High. Was engaging and fun for class as we had opportunities to give various response and discuss the pros and cons of each!

-Samantha H.

October 15, 2021, TPT Review



I have a group of 5th grade girls for a lunch bunch. This was a great resource to discuss different situations. They enjoyed it. Thanks!!

-Robyn S.

October 7, 2021, TPT Review



This game was a hit with my 4th grade girls social group. We meet virtually and the digital version was easy to navigate. The students really enjoyed the questions and had some good discussion.

-Alexis K.

April 29, 2021, TPT Review



This was a great resource to use with my 6th grade Family and Consumer Sciences because one of our topics is friendships. This resource allowed my students to get to talking and discussing important aspects of friendships. Highly satisfied with the purchase.

-Jessica R.

April 6, 2021, TPT Review

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