Art Activities, Classroom Guidance, Mindfulness, School Counseling

Gingerbread Play Dough Mindfulness Exercise

I don't know about you, but I always feel like the time before Christmas break is so chaotic. Kids are excited, and teachers are exhausted. Everyone just needs to refocus and embrace the calm! That's why I love doing a mindfulness exercise during classroom guidance lessons around the holidays! Mindfulness Exercise I am always blown… Continue reading Gingerbread Play Dough Mindfulness Exercise

Art Activities, School Counseling, Small Group Counseling

Watercolor Secret Message: Small Group Counseling Activity

I'm always looking for new, hands-on activities to use with small groups. After using my watercolor affirmation activity, I got the idea for a secret message small group counseling activity. In past girls' groups or kindness clubs, I've had students write encouraging messages to group members or peers in the school that are always fun… Continue reading Watercolor Secret Message: Small Group Counseling Activity

Art Activities, Classroom Guidance, School Counseling, Small Group Counseling

Watercolor Affirmations Activity for Group Counseling

Last week, I shared a post about making scratch art affirmations in small group counseling activities. These can be so powerful for students as they realize their strengths and positive qualities and see them shine through the dark paint on the paper. This week I wanted to share a similar activity using watercolor paints and… Continue reading Watercolor Affirmations Activity for Group Counseling

Art Activities, Small Group Counseling

Scratch Art Affirmations Group Counseling Activity

I love for students to have meaningful take-away crafts or activities from group and individual sessions that they can reflect on at home to remind themselves of the skills they've learned in group. Using their own hands to create something meaningful and beautiful is affirming in itself for students, and when that take-away is filled… Continue reading Scratch Art Affirmations Group Counseling Activity

School Counseling

5 Awesome Ways to Use Google in School Counseling Series

If you follow me over on {TeachersPayTeachers,} you already know that I LOVE Google activities. Google Slides, Google Forms, and other programs present fun, hands-on ways to get students engaged in school counseling activities using 1:1 technology or digital projectors like SmartBoards. I know so many classroom teachers who are excelling in this area, and… Continue reading 5 Awesome Ways to Use Google in School Counseling Series

Classroom Guidance, School Counseling, Small Group Counseling

Self Control Activity: Don’t Tap the Balloon

I'm hearing from counselor upon counselor {from my email group} that self control is one of the major skill deficits they see in their students. I wanted to share with you two of my favorite activities to do in classroom guidance lessons or in small group counseling to practice exercising self control! All you'll need… Continue reading Self Control Activity: Don’t Tap the Balloon