National Screen Free Week SEL Activities

The first week of May is National Screen Free Week! It’s a great time to encourage families to put the screens aside ad spend time together outside, inside, or anywhere they choose! Below you’ll find lots of activities to try together with kids to encourage social, emotional, and mental well being with awesome National Screen Free Week activities!

National Screen Free Week Activities: awesome SEL activities and crafts to encourage social, emotional, and mental well being!

National Screen Free Week Activities

Day 1: Make Fortune Tellers

Kids love making fortune tellers (and so do I!). Make one on any relevant topic, like coping skills, self control, conflict resolution, or anything else that makes sense for your students right now.

National Screen Free Week Activities: awesome SEL activities and crafts to encourage social, emotional, and mental well being!

Day 2: Make Palm Mandalas

This is one of my favorite mindfulness activities to do with older students! I did this with my middle school students regularly, and they loved it every time. Students trace their palms and then create mandalas within the outline. Use watercolors or colored pencils to fill them in. Get full instructions here.

Looking for a mindfulness group art activity? Your students will love this artistic expression of emotion after practicing a grounding technique!

Day 3: Paint Kindness Rocks

Pick up some river rocks and paint pens, and you’re all set! Paint rocks with kind words to encourage your school community or neighborhood. Kids love being able to hide these in plain sight for everyone to find!

Day 4: Make Worry Monsters

All you need for this activity is watercolor paints and straws! Help kids make personified worry monsters by blowing watercolors and adding eyes, legs, or even tentacles! Get the full instruction here.

National Screen Free Week Activities: awesome SEL activities and crafts to encourage social, emotional, and mental well being!

Day 5: Make a Sensory Bottle

Grab some empty water bottles, glitter, glue, and any other items you want to put inside and make sensory bottles! These are perfect for calm corners and self regulation moments. Get full instructions here.

Day 6: Make a Black Glue Mandala

Add some black paint to white glue, turn on some calming music, and draw a mandala! Once it’s dry, fill in the spaces with watercolors. This is an awesome activity for mindful mornings, art, worry groups, anger groups, or self regulation activities! Get full instructions here.

Day 7: Make Your Own Play Dough

There are so many recipes for DIY play dough out there! It’s easy to turn this into a mindfulness exercise with spices or essential oils you have on hand. Get instructions for gingerbread play dough here.

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