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THE SOCIAL SKILLS GAME: Friendship, Communication, Conversation Skills & Empathy



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Looking for a fun game that will teach different social skills?  If so, you’ll love our Social Skills Card Game! The questions and prompts invite players to explore topics like making and keeping friends, healthy ways to communicate, conversation skills, and empathy. 


Ways You Can Use The Social Skills Game:

  • Small Groups for Social Emotional Learning Support and Skills Practice
  • Individual counseling sessions as an assessment tool.
  • Playing the game builds social skills!
  • 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.
  • 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 activity for distance learning, teletherapy, or virtual small groups, we got you covered!


How to Play The Social Skills Connect Game

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 social skills. 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 Social Skills 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 a social skills, 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 Tips for Making and Keeping Friends Poster!

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✔ The Social Skills Connect Game on Google Slides™


✔ TWO sets of The Social Skills 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 Social Skills Card Game as a Therapeutic Intervention

✔ Over 75 Questions & Prompts

✔ Action Cards

✔ Pass Tickets


I’m a speech-language pathologist and have loved using this the Social Skills deck in my sessions with students who have pragmatic difficulties. The students stay engaged, and the prompts on the cards facilitate great conversation and social communication learning.

-Functional Speech with Rachel (TPT Seller) 

August 4, 2021, TPT Review 



Many of the questions are great and engaging for the students. Some of the questions had to be reworded for student understanding. The additional Google slide board was highly motivating and easy to use with student’s in the class and virtual!

-Elizabeth S.

April 2, 2021, TPT Review



The colors are great and printing was easy. The cards were easy to read and the questions were easy to answer. This is a great activity for students to work on in small groups. The rules are easy and the game flows great.

-Sabrina H.

April 1, 2021, TPT Review



I’m a school counselor and I used this card game with a student who is shy and won’t talk when we meet one-on-one. We used this game and my student was engaged and talked the whole time. He read the questions out loud and answered every one without even using a pass card! Thank you for a fun and easy to use resource!

-Josie B.

March 4, 2021, TPT Review



This was an awesome resource for distance learning! My students loved the game aspect and it was so easy to use and navigate through! One that I will continue to use with all my intermediate social groups.

-Bethany A.

January 2, 2021, TPT Review

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