KIDS COPING SKILLS! Stress Management Social Emotional Lesson + SEL Activities

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I love the visuals on the resource. I use it with individual students so they can build their own toolbox of coping skills.
This was a great resource for a challenging year. Students were able to put this in their folder and have options to help them cope with different situations.
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Teach your students effective self-regulation strategies with this engaging social emotional learning activity and stress management coping skills lesson. Filled with awesome visual supports, this SEL coping tools toolbox helps children identify healthy calming tools to manage uncomfortable feelings.

When children build their emotional regulation toolbox, they learn how to manage stress more effectively. A less stressed out brain means a child who is more ready to learn, focus in class, get along with others, have a growth mindset, be resilient, and make thoughtful, responsible decisions. All behaviors that make classroom management easier for you, too!

Used by over 22,000 educators, counselors & parents!

Offers tons of differentiated instruction possibilities, too!



  • Social Narrative Lesson about How Coping Tools Can Help You
  • Coping Tools for Kids Checklist
  • 50 Coping Skills for Kids Sorting Cards (make double copies and play a memory game!)
  • Healthy Coping Tools Collage Cards
  • Coping Skills Sorting Worksheet
  • My Coping Strategies Survival Guide Worksheet
  • What Helps Me Checklist
  • Coping Skills Fortune Teller
  • Lesson Plan, aligned with ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors
  • Coping Strategies BINGO activity
  • Printable and Digital Files*

* Please Note: The printable files come in two different illustration styles. The newer version includes both color and black & white printing. Digital files and social narrative are only in newer illustration style.


  • Counseling and social emotional learning classroom lesson
  • Awesome tools to add to your Calm Down Corner
  • Small group activity (great for anger and stress management elementary groups)
  • Individual Counseling, as therapeutic intervention & assessment
  • Homeschool and at home activities with your children
  • Counseling office and classroom decor
  • Review ideas by flipping through the Task Cards, by completing the What Helps Me Checklist, or by doing a more creative activity using the Healthy Coping Tools Collage Cards.
  • Create art using the Healthy Coping Tools Collage Cards and "My Coping Toolbox," "What Can Help," "Yes, Hmm, Nah Sorting Page," and "My Coping Strategies Survival Guide" worksheets.
  • Play a fun fortune teller game that reinforces favorite coping tools.


  • What an awesome resource. I used this with my classroom and with my own kids! I love the tools that it gives to kids. Fantastic. -Kristy

  • This resource is a must-have in my office. I come back to it time and again with my students. It is an excellent way to teach them about a large variety of coping skills! - Kelsey

  • This is my absolute favorite resource that I have purchased on this site. It has so many activities available, explains concepts and activities incredibly well, and my students have enjoyed everything we've done from this resource. - Cristina

  • This is an amazing resource!! I used different pieces of it for coping skills lessons with grades 1st-5th. The kids loved the activities (especially the fortune teller) and it was such a fun way to talk about coping skills! I will definitely be using this again and again for individual, group, and whole class lessons! - Rebecca


Life can get really tough. So it's important to help young people -and ourselves, too- to cultivate tools and tricks that can support us to get through the hard stuff of living, to relate to uncomfortable feelings with self-compassion and to practice skills that can help us to feel calmer and more relaxed. This is where using healthy coping strategies come into play. Healthy coping skills will not get necessarily get rid of the challenging, stressful situations (especially those we don't have control over), but they can help us to make better, more empowering choices and move aside some of the confusion, chaos, blahs & crazies so that we can better see the silver lining, cup-is-half-full perspectives and possibilities. Moreover, using healthy coping strategies can help us build our strengths and resiliences and are a means to take good, kind-care of ourselves.

What Other Counseling, Wellness, or Social Emotional Learning Resources Do You Recommend to Help My Students or Children Regulate Their Emotions?

What ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors Standards Does The 50 Coping Tools for Kids Cover?

  • M 1. Belief in development of whole self, including a healthy balance of mental, social/emotional and physical well-being
  • B-SMS 7. Effective coping skills
  • B-SMS 1. Responsibility for self and actions


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