Resources for Preschool

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april activity calendar

Worksheet

Preschool–grade 5

Monthly Activity Calendar and Coloring Sheets

Get daily ideas for outdoor play. Enjoy these fun, screen-free activities!

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we all teach SEL promo pic

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 12

We All Teach SEL: Inspiring Activities for Every Classroom

Eleven-part article series offers quick, practical tips and tools for integrating SEL into any classroom.

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painting with a single stroke

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Preschool–grade 5

Painting with a Single Stroke

Watch as Kyoto-based artist Keisuke Teshima beautifully paints dragon bodies with a single stroke using a sumi-e style brush across paper.

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Preschool–grade 6

Traditional Chinese Cloth Shoes

See how Li Ziqi, a vlogger based in Mianyang in China's Sichuan province, beautifully sews and glues layers of cloth to create a traditional Chinese shoe.

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Thank you for being my light!

Activity

Preschool–grade 12

Thank You Cards

Show you care by sending a thank you card. Choose to print, color, or send electronically.

Video

Preschool

Bush Baby Makes a Thank-You Card

Grab a piece of paper and some colored pencils and make something beautiful for your family member!

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Preschool–grade 2

Worth Waiting For

Join Cookie Monster and the hosts of NPR's Life Kit to practice self-control with, you guessed it, cookies!

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Preschool–grade 2

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

What if all your wishes could come true? Find out what happens to Sylvester and how he learned to be grateful for what he has.

Video

Preschool–grade K

We're Different, We're the Same

Listen as Gordon reads a book about how people might look different from each other, but also have lots of similarities.

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Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade K

Daniel Tiger Stories

Listen to Daniel read stories aloud, and learn important social-emotional skills along the way.

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Preschool–grade K

Community Hero Story

Do you know someone that helps others in your neighborhood or community? Share a story about them.

Activity

Preschool–grade 2

Your Year

What were the best things that happened this year? What were the hardest? Record them by drawing, making a collage, or writing.

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Thank you for being my light!

Activity

Preschool–grade 12

Thank You Cards

Show you care by sending a thank you card. Choose to print, color, or send electronically.

Activity

Preschool–grade 2

Your Year

What were the best things that happened this year? What were the hardest? Record them by drawing, making a collage, or writing.

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Activity

Preschool–grade 12

Bask in the Glow

It can be hard to get enough sunlight in winter, which can make people feel depressed. Make sure to get outside on sunny days and soak up some of those rays!

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Activity

Preschool–grade 12

Pass the Appreciation

Gather the family in a circle. Grab a ball or a pillow, toss it to someone, and say something you appreciate about them. Keep it going!

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Preschool–grade 2

Love All Around

Color paper hearts and cut them out. Then write messages on each one, and place them around the house for your family members to find.

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Preschool–grade 3

Build a Tree of Thanks

Make a simple tree of thanks together, and bolster your family’s gratitude practice—maybe even start a new family tradition!

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Preschool–grade 12

Gratitude Jar

Decorate a gratitude jar. When you feel grateful, write or draw the reason on a paper and put it in the jar. Read the results each week.

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make your own thank you card

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Preschool–grade 2

Make Your Own Thank-You Cards

Think of someone you want to thank. Make them a card with a nice message, and put it in the mail.

Activity

Preschool–grade 12

Self-Appreciation

Write about or draw pictures of things you appreciate about yourself. What are some reasons you're grateful you're you?

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Activity

Preschool–grade 12

Community Gift Box

Decorate a large cardboard box. Use it to store gifts for local charities. Put in toys to donate, food to give away, and more!

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Activity

Preschool–grade 12

Pocket-Sized Gratitude

Find a small object like a button or marble and keep it with you. Whenever you touch it, think of something you're grateful for.

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Activity

Preschool–grade 2

Forever Flowers

Use some art supplies to create a bouquet of flowers for a family member. Write a note or draw a picture to go with it.

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we all teach SEL promo pic

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 12

We All Teach SEL: Inspiring Activities for Every Classroom

Eleven-part article series offers quick, practical tips and tools for integrating SEL into any classroom.

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Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade K

Daniel Tiger Stories

Listen to Daniel read stories aloud, and learn important social-emotional skills along the way.

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Arthur addressing a letter to his friend Adil in Istanbul

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade K

Learning Cultures, Challenging Assumptions

Join Arthur as he learns about his pen pal from another country. What assumptions does Arthur have about his pen pal, and how does he challenge them?

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Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 12

Emotional Intelligence Apps and Games

Top-notch apps and games will help students with everything from anger management to emotional identification to meditation.

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cartoon bean

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Preschool–grade 2

The Cool Bean

Listen to this sweet, whimsical tale that encourages empathy and kindness. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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Audio

Preschool–grade 3

The Imagine Neighborhood

From the Committee for Children, this show encourages kids to use their imaginations to talk about the big feelings we all have.

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scaredy squirrel

Audio

Preschool–grade 1

Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend

Use your library card for access, and then watch Scaredy Squirrel get over his fear of making friends. Talk about some ways to get past fears.

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Daniel Tiger choosing a feeling card

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Preschool–grade K

Guess the Feeling

Join Daniel Tiger to learn about types of feelings and how to identify them.

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Daniel Tiger expressing his feelings to an adult

Interactive

Preschool–grade K

Use Your Words

Play through this series of activities -- including videos and songs -- that'll help you learn how to process and talk about feelings.

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making a deal

Interactive

Preschool–grade K

Let's Make a Deal

Brainstorm ideas on how to compromise when you and someone else want different things.

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painting with a single stroke

Video

Preschool–grade 5

Painting with a Single Stroke

Watch as Kyoto-based artist Keisuke Teshima beautifully paints dragon bodies with a single stroke using a sumi-e style brush across paper.

Video

Preschool–grade 6

Traditional Chinese Cloth Shoes

See how Li Ziqi, a vlogger based in Mianyang in China's Sichuan province, beautifully sews and glues layers of cloth to create a traditional Chinese shoe.

Video

Preschool

Bush Baby Makes a Thank-You Card

Grab a piece of paper and some colored pencils and make something beautiful for your family member!

Play button
worth waiting for

Selected by

TKSST

Video

Preschool–grade 2

Worth Waiting For

Join Cookie Monster and the hosts of NPR's Life Kit to practice self-control with, you guessed it, cookies!

Video

Preschool–grade 2

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

What if all your wishes could come true? Find out what happens to Sylvester and how he learned to be grateful for what he has.

Video

Preschool–grade K

We're Different, We're the Same

Listen as Gordon reads a book about how people might look different from each other, but also have lots of similarities.

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Video

Preschool–grade K

Community Hero Story

Do you know someone that helps others in your neighborhood or community? Share a story about them.

Video

Preschool–grade 5

Mindful Moment

What do you see, feel, hear, and smell where you are right now? Quiet your mind and focus on your senses.

Video

Preschool–grade 2

Sharing Our Worries

Listen to the story and think about how you're feeling about the coronavirus. Try drawing your emotions as characters and naming them.

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Preschool–grade 2

What Does It Mean to Be a Refugee?

Watch and listen to this reading of a picture book about what it's like to be a refugee. And meet Mrs. Ghazali's kitten!

Video

Preschool–grade 2

Proud of Who You Are

Follow along with this story about a little girl and her big sister finding strength in what makes them unique.

Video

Preschool–grade 2

Create a Garden in Your Mind

Take some time to relax, breathe, and imagine a garden in your mind with Ms. Dana.

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Website/App

Preschool–grade 3

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Stretch, learn kid-friendly poses, and practice mindfulness for energetic or calm activity.

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cartoon monster having options

Website/App

Preschool–grade 1

Breath Before Action

Learn how to take a deep breath before taking action with this free app.

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sample lessons

Website/App

Preschool–grade 5

Peekapak

Easy-to-implement teaching units cover 10 SEL topics including empathy, perseverance, teamwork, and self-regulation.

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Sesame characters

Website/App

Preschool–grade K

Caring for Each Other

This toolkit with tips, activities, and videos of Elmo and friends can help soothe and comfort parents and children alike.

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Website/App

Preschool–grade 1

Family Members Help Each Other

Read this sweet ebook about some grandchildren who want to help their grandmother find her courage.

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april activity calendar

Worksheet

Preschool–grade 5

Monthly Activity Calendar and Coloring Sheets

Get daily ideas for outdoor play. Enjoy these fun, screen-free activities!

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mad libs

Worksheet

Preschool–grade 2

Thank-You Mad Libs

Who are the essential workers who help you? Thank them by filling out this page. Then have an adult help you deliver or mail it.

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all about me

Worksheet

Preschool–grade K

All About Me

Fill out this bilingual worksheet to reflect on and communicate who you are. When it's done, share it with family.

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Worksheet

Preschool

Emotion Wheel Activity

Print, color, and create a bilingual emotion wheel. When it's ready, use it to discuss emotions and express what you're feeling.

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relieving stress and relaxing

Worksheet

Preschool–grade 5

Simple Stress Busters

Try out one of these simple activities to de-stress, release tension, and relax.

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parent and child doing a puzzle together

Worksheet

Preschool

Focus on Focus

Try out some of these tips and strategies for building attention span, focus, and self-control.

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emotion wheel

Worksheet

Preschool

How Do You Feel Today?

Create a "feel wheel" to express emotions without saying a word.

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printable coloring pages

Worksheet

Preschool–grade 2

Printable Coloring Pages

Free coloring pages by different Latinx and Latin American artists and muralists. Scroll down to find the sheets.