Social skills groups, games and activities help children with social anxiety, ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, and emotional or behavioral challenges feel comfortable navigating social interactions and help develop socially appropriate behaviors across various environments.
The combination of explicit instruction, organic play and consistent opportunities enable children to practice critical everyday social skills in a smaller world.
Here is one social skills activity I have done in social skills groups and with families. You can do this activity with your child(ren) at home and even with some friends (safely, of course!) :
Color Sorting (Pom-Pom) Game
Different colored pom poms (find these at your local craft store!)
Rules + How to Play
Sort the colored pom poms into their associated cup based on color.
Children have to carry the pom poms across the room using the clothespins.
Have one table scattered with colored pom poms and clothespins. Have another table across the room set up with cups labeled with what color pom pom should go in it.
After playing, count the number of each colored pom-pom sorted out loud with your child/children. Review we have the MOST of ___, the least of ___ colored pom poms, etc.
If playing with more than one child, whoever gets the most pom poms sorted wins! (but remind them: “This is not a race, only walking is allowed! Take the time to pick up the pom poms without your hands!”)
Language to Use
What color pom pom did you just pick up?
How many pom poms do we have left?
Do we have a lot left or only a little left?
What is your favorite color?
Is it hard to pick up the pom poms?
Which color pom pom do you think we have the MOST of? What about the least?
Encourage them! Be a cheerleader! (“Go Jack!”)
Show them it's okay to drop a pom pom. “It is okay if we drop them…(model dropping a pom pom on the floor and then lean down and pick it up).. See! We all make mistakes. Sometimes I get upset with myself when I drop the pom poms but then I remember that I can just pick it up and keep on going!”
Using/building fine motor skills, color sorting skills, bodily awareness skills, dealing with frustration, increasing self-esteem
With the help of social skills activities like this one your child can practice developing practical skills like:
Reading Social Cues
Stronger Conversational Skills
Increased Self-Esteem and Self Awareness
Compromising and Sharing
Dealing with anger, frustration and negative feelings
Identifying one's own emotions and the emotions of others
Stay tuned for more social skills games and activities on our blog!
Worried your child isn’t developing the social skills they need for everyday life? Want to help them overcome their emotional or behavioral challenges? I am here to help! Please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing your story and working to transform you and your child’s life!