Ultimate School Counselor Supply List

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Time to stock your counseling office (or classroom or closet) with some tried and true school counseling supplies. Most of these suggestions are typical supplies that we’ve repurposed to use in counseling activities. What games, books, crafts, or prizes do you use?

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School Counseling Supplies: Toys and Games

Classical children’s games can be adapted easily for counseling. Blog posts like The Middle School Counselor’s post about using games in school counseling and Elementary School Counseling’s ideas about creating your own are great places to begin.

Give 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. Practice impulse control and focus with Operation or Pickup SticksJenga is the ultimate chameleon counseling game. Great for an intro small group activity where students say something about themselves each time they pull out a block. How do you adapt regular games to counseling?

For Younger Students

It is important to consider that younger students need games with little or no reading and simple directions. 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

School Counseling Supplies: Fidgets and Calming Tools

It is helpful to have a spot in your office for students to use calming materials. This can prove useful when students are angry, sad, or filled with energy.

School Counseling Supplies: Books

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 and Trudy Ludwig a car. Rebecca from Counselor Up has a great game to accompany A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue.

Check out 15 Must Have Book for School Counselors from Kate from EduKate & Inspire, Vanessa from School Counseling Confessions, and Susan from Counseling Wisdom.


School Counseling Supplies: Crafts

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.

Use common objects for counseling activities

Check out our 5 Ways Series for ideas

5 Ways to Use Coffee Filters

5 Ways to Use Tissue Boxes

5 Ways to Use Toilet Tubes

5 Ways to Use Rocks

5 Ways to Use Lunch Bags

5 Ways to Use Play Doh


Grab a ream of white paper from the office.

Multicultural Color Construction Paper

Scrapbook Paper. Kids love all the different patterns

Crayons, Markers, Colored Pencils

Multicultural Colored Markers

Multicultural Colored Pencils

Super Tip Markers

Crayon Classroom Pack

School Counseling Supplies: Prize Box

You can put almost anything in the prize box. Kids love erasers, pencils, sharpeners, bouncy balls. These are special ones that are a hit.



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