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Toys & Games
Classical children’s games can be adapted easily for counseling. There are a ton of blog posts and TPT Products for just this purpose. For some beginning ideas, check out Carol Miller, The Middle School Counselor’s post about using games in school counseling, and Marissa over at Elementary School Counseling’s ideas about creating your own. It can be as simple as giving a strategy when you get an orange card in Candy Land™, use positive self-talk when you go down a chute in Chutes and Ladders™ or get skipped in Uno™.
- Typical games like Operation™, Jenga™, or Pickup Sticks can be used to work on impulse control. Jenga is the ultimate chameleon counseling game. Perfect for an intro small group activity where students say something about themselves each time they pull out a block. Check out these great products on TPT to bring your Jenga game up a notch.
For Younger Students
It is important to consider that younger students need games with little or no reading and simple directions. Definitely pick up Candyland and Chutes and Ladders. For groups, also consider Zingo™, Don’t Break the Ice™ or Honey Bee Tree™. Younger groups love playing these games cooperatively and they are fast paced enough to keep them engaged.
Perfect for Small Groups
- Max™. Rebecca from School Counseling By Heart gave this one a great review. We love Secret Door™, another Family Pasttimes game. The cooperative focus of both is awesome for small groups.
- Cranium Brain Breaks™. Perfect when you have a little bit of time to fill time you have.
- Spot It!™ and Apples to Apples™ are ideal for 20-25 minute groups. They have minimal set-up and can stop at any time.
Fidgets and Calming Tools
It is helpful to create a Calming Corner (Take a Break Spot, Zen Spot, Cool Camp) in your office. These tools are in our Coping Toolbox
- Pull, Stretch, and Squeeze Balls
- Get some pool noodles on sale and cut them into donut shapes.
- Pencil Top Fidgets
- Fidget Toy
- Drawing paper and crayons
- Counting box with cotton balls
- Yoga Deck for Kids
- Timer (5-minute). The sand timers can be a good thing for students to concentrate on.
- Mirror. This can help kids realize how they are feeling.
Our offices are filled with tons of books and resources we can grab whenever we need something. At this point, we’ve probably bought Julia Cook a car. These ones are covered in post-its with worn pages that would make someone pass them at a yard sale.
- Zones of Regulation. Perfect for co-treating with your OT. Helps students gain a better understanding of how to modulate their behavior.
- Instant Help Series. Love the kid-friendly activities in here and most now come with CDs so you can print activities. Great for individual counseling. Check out I’m Not Bad, I’m Just Mad.
- How to Reach and Teach Children with Challenging Behavior by Kaye Otten and Jodie Tuttle.
- Small Group Counseling, Grades 2-5 by Diane Senn.
- What Do You Do with a Problem? by Kobi Yamada.
- Books for the First Day of School.
- Meeting Wise by Kathryn Parker Boudett and Elizabeth City. Perfect for setting up routines and expectations for school team meetings.
- Brief Counseling That Works by Gerald B. Sklare.
- Solution Focused Counseling in Schools by John J. Murphy.
- The New School Counselor: Strategies for Universal Academic Achievement by Rita Schellenberg.
- Facilitating Evidence-Based, Data-Driven School Counseling by
- ASCA National Model, 3rd Edition.
- Free Character Education materials from Everything Just So.
- Free Resources from Character Lab. I love the Growth Mindset activities. Try to WOOP activity for goal setting.
- Back to School Printables from We Are Teachers.
Stock up on glue sticks, googly eyes, glitter, and smelly markers. Scrapbooking kits are usually full of goodies. Drop by the dollar section in Target and grab some containers to organize everything. There are usually some awesome goodies there too.
- Crayons, Markers, Colored Pencils
You can put almost anything in the prize box. Kids love erasers, pencils, sharpeners, bouncy balls. These are special ones that are a hit.
- Emoji Stickers
- All Year 1000 Stickers
- Take Apart Erasers
- Vinyl Glitter Sticky Hands
- Emoji Stamps
- Heart and Animal Slap Bracelets
- Character Rubber Bracelets
Adult Prize Box 😉
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