December Round-Up: The Best of Social-Emotional Learning Tools Social Emotional Learning Resources

All may not be calm & bright, and they may only be silent at night, but we can do our best to navigate meaningfully to winter break with my favorite December-themed social-emotional learning resources for K-3.

1. Christmas Kindness Countdown

Ditch the Elf and make less work for yourself with this 10 days of kindness collaborative project with Mr. Ginger. 

Christmas Kindness Countdown Social-Emotional Learning

How it works:
❄ Each day, sing the cheer for Mr. Ginger so he opens up his door
❄ Find the envelope somewhere in his living room
❄ Complete the challenge (5 printables included and 5 other suggestions)
❄ For each challenge completed, you will get to see him decorate a little more

Kindness Countdown for Christmas Break

Holiday Countdown for Teachers



✓ What others like you are saying: 

❄ LOVED using this resource. My students still talked about Mr. Ginger throughout the school year and even still sang his poem! Such a great community building activity!! 

❄ Magical and exciting! This unique Christmas activity is one of a kind! If you are tired of the usual repetitive activities at this time of year, then it is time to jazz things up with this resource! My students were excited each day, anticipating what the next ‘kindness mission’ would be and couldn’t wait to see what Mr Ginger did next in his decorating progress. Lovely activities for the lead up to Christmas.

2. Love Your sELFie

Elf yourself with a selection of templates and have your child reflect on what makes them special! This will make a beautiful bulletin board to highlight their strengths and to foster self-confidence.

Elf Yourself Craft for Kids

✓ What others like you are saying: 

My students loved doing this activity! They enjoyed making themselves into elves and it made an adorable bulletin board!

❄ The perfect mindfulness activity for the holidays! 

If you have children in your class who do not celebrate Christmas, I have a mini bundle where you can purchase the elf and everyday versions at a discounted price. 

3. Baked with Gratitude

From sleep quality, to emotional regulation and overall well-being, gratitude has a transformative power and is crucial to integrate into our day-to-day routines.

Christmas Gratitude Craft for Kids

Kids will choose 4 cookies to decorate and lay out on their tray. They will then follow the cookie key to find their prompts.

Social Emotional Christmas Craft for Primary 

✓ What others like you are saying: 

I used this as a counseling lesson to focus on one of the 7 mindsets of "Attitude of Gratitude". The students and their teachers loved it! I will be using this lesson again next year. I like that it had a quick story to go along with the craftivity as well. 

4. Welcome to the Chill Shack

Are your December crafts a little outdated and stale? This one has been a huge hit this year. Children will decorate their paper bag gingerbread house and then inside, have coping skills strategies to help them navigate big emotions.

 Build a Gingerbread House Craft for Counseling

✓ What others like you are saying: 

My students really enjoyed this activity! They were engaged and interested in the task at hand.  A great way to teach coping skills!

5. DIY Peppermint Zen Garden

Nothing speaks to mindfulness quite like a zen garden. With a few basic supplies from Dollar Tree, you can create your own and target colors, counting, sight words, etc.! Click here to see it in action.


Dollar Tree Christmas Craft Coping Skills

 Zen Garden for Kids Dollar Tree Craft 

6. Deck the Halls with Kindness Collaborative Poster

This festive, ugly sweater-themed Christmas collaborative poster is the perfect addition to your kindness countdown activities, or as an engaging team-building activity with your learning buddies groups, Lunch Bunch, or small counseling groups before they head off for winter break. 


7. Gingerbread Breaths

Breathe in with the gingerbread man and breathe out and run as fast as you can on the spot! 

What's your favorite way to prioritize your own needs during the gloomy winter months?
Let me know in the comments below!
Lots of love,

Namaste in School

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