Fun Coping Skills Lesson

After returning from winter break, we had a major increase in COVID-19 cases in our area. Many students were expressing worry and fear for themselves, their families, and their friends. We always talk about “controlling what we can control,” like hand washing and safe mask wearing. But I thought it was also time for a refresher with a coping skills lesson with my second graders. Keep reading to see what we did:

Looking for a fun coping skills lesson to teach kids about coping strategies? Pair this book with this game for your counseling lesson!

Coping Skills Lesson: What I Taught in 2nd Grade

Book: My Incredible Talking Body

I love this book by fellow counselor, Becca Bowen. It reminds kids that their bodies give them clues about how they’re feeling. Then, it covers some regulation strategies for helping our bodies and minds feel calm. After reading this book, my students share their own favorite regulation strategies.


Game: Coping Skills Bingo

Next, we play coping skills bingo! This is a great opportunity to expose students to more coping skills they may not have tried before. After calling a strategy, I have kids show me with their hands a thumbs up if they have tried and enjoy that strategy, a sideways thumb if they haven’t tried it yet, and a thumbs down if they have tried it and it didn’t help them.

Looking for a fun coping skills lesson to teach kids about coping strategies? Pair this book with this game for your counseling lesson!

Craft: Coping Skills Fortune Teller

As a reminder of the strategies, students make a fortune teller. They write calm words on the outside, numbers on the middle layer, and their 8 favorite coping strategies under the flaps. They can use the bingo board for reference as they make their fortune tellers or write their own strategies.

Looking for a fun coping skills lesson to teach kids about coping strategies? Pair this book with this game for your counseling lesson!

More Coping Skills Resources

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Looking for a fun coping skills lesson to teach kids about coping strategies? Pair this book with this game for your counseling lesson!

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Looking for a fun coping skills lesson to teach kids about coping strategies? Pair this book with this game for your counseling lesson!

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