January Round-Up: The Best of Social-Emotional Learning Tools for Primary Students and Counseling Groups

January Round Up Social Emotional Learning Resources for Kids


[In a jazzy Michael Bublé croon] It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new year for me- and I’m feeling ___________.

Good? Are you feeling good? Nervous? Overwhelmed already? Let me know in the comments!

However you’re feeling coming back from winter break, know that it is validated and that we’re in it together. Here is our round-up of our top 6 social-emotional resources to support you and your K-3 kiddos throughout January.

  1. Kiss the Year Goodbye Craft

The craft that keeps on giving and gets you a lifetime access to yearly updates so that you can spend more of your winter vacation relaxing and less time scrambling for a meaningful New Year’s activity. This simple craftivity supports self-esteem and growth mindset, by focusing on what each child is proud of accomplishing this past year.

New Year's SEL Craft for Counseling Groups

✓ What others like you are saying: 

My first graders loved this activity.  They had no trouble putting it together, which was great for me, as I could concentrate on helping them with their sentences.  We put them on construction paper backgrounds and hung them in the hallway to display.  Other teachers complimented the kids' work.  It was a win-win.  Thank you!

2. How to Keep Your Cool 

Review self-regulation skills with this groovy snowman craft for kids. Students will either choose blanks to customize, or snowballs that are pre-written, to decorate their snow buddy with coping strategies that work best for them.


3. Stand Up Sit Down Winter

Walk in a winter wonderland > a walk on the wild side. Don’t take any risks by missing out on our best-selling movement break! Such a low price for high-engagement to get kids learning more about one another from the safety of their own seats. 


Stand Up Sit Down Winter Edition

✓ What others like you are saying: 

I used this activity with my kids and they had so much fun with it.  The questions led to them having so many great conversations about the answers they chose.  I love that this resource can be used in one session or can be spread out as a quick warm-up or ice breaker activity during multiple sessions.

4. Free Mindful Winter Coloring Pages

Run, don’t walk, to grab this FREE one-of-a-kind sample set of SEL coloring pages to support deep breathing, gratitude and self-esteem. We love them for mindful morning work, transitions or as meaningful early finishers.

This activity may not melt the snow, but it will melt your heart. This invites students to reflect on what peace looks, sounds and feels like. It’s truly a beautiful way to foster mindfulness and gratitude and the answers usually make me cry (from laughter or love).

Snow Globe Craft for Parents

✓ What others like you are saying: 

My students absolutely loved this activity. We completed it along with a writing prompt and it brought them so much joy. All day they were imagining themselves in a snow globe. Thank you for a great resource! 

Holy cuteness!! My littles had so much fun creating their snowglobes :)

6. Walk in my Snow Boots

Some students come back from break feeling a little timid and/or low in self-esteem as they readjust to expectations and routine. This craft reminds them to focus on their unique strengths and attributes, and makes for an adorable growth mindset bulletin board that you can leave up until spring.


Empathy Craft for Kids




You might also like: the Reinforcing Expectations After Winter Break blog

Lots of love,

Namaste in School

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