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Social Skills for Kids

From Making Friends and Problem-Solving to Self-Control and Communication, 150+ Activities to Help Your Child Develop Essential Social Skills

Help your children develop essential social skills—including groups, one-on-one interactions, and virtual communication—with these 150 easy, fun activities to teach your kids how to socially succeed.

From taking turns to making eye contact to staying engaged during conversations, developing appropriate social skills is an important factor for kids to be able to succeed in school and life in general. But how can you tell if your child is really making progress while you read the same stories, have the same conversations, and chaperone the same playdates? The answer is to add some variety to your child’s daily activities with these 150 exercises specially designed to keep your child (and their friends) entertained, all while teaching them effective social skills.

In Social Skills for Kids, you’ll learn everything you need to know about how social skills develop in children and what you can do to support their growth. In this book, you’ll find games to encourage them in group settings, activities that you (or another caregiver) can do alone with your child, and ways to make the most of virtual interactions for social skill development.

So whether you’re looking for new activities to entertain a few friends during playtime, searching for fun (and educational) games you and your child can play together, or even interested in ways to include people you can’t physically visit, Social Skills for Kids has all the tools you need to help your child develop the social skills they need to succeed.

Photograph © Keri K. Powers

Keri K. Powers, MA EdHD, MEd, NCC, is a mental health counselor turned elementary school counselor on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. She has written children’s books Zen Hen and Llamaste to help kids develop mindfulness practices and challenge worries and Social Skills for Kids, a book of activities to help families promote social skills at home. Keri loves helping kids learn skills to manage worries and build confidence to succeed! Find more at CounselorKeri.com.

“This book is a treasure trove of interactive social skills activities that every parent or educator should have on their shelf. Keri has made it really easy to understand how to find those teachable moments and start supporting students immediately.”

—Brandy Thompson, author of Learn, Grow, Succeed!: A Kid’s Growth Mindset Journal

“Spending special time together and learning how to empathize are among the greatest gifts we can give our children. Social Skills for Kids helps accomplish both through practical, fun activities. I highly recommend the I Hear You! Empathy Skills to any fellow caregiver of young kids!”

 —Tana Amodeo, certified positive discipline parent educator and founder of SuchaLittleWhile.com

“As an LCSW working in a school system, this book is a dream! It’s so well organized and easy to use. I love all the extras added in explaining social skills at different ages. Having a book of this quality that I can just grab and go with is something I treasure!”

—Rachel R. Duke, licensed clinical social worker

“The perfect book for helping children work on social skills that may have waned during the COVID pandemic.”

NYC Tech Mommy 

 

“Indispensable.”

LA Parent