School Counseling Center Ideas for Primary Students

I’ve written a lot lately about using centers in school counseling during your classroom guidance lessons. After reading my free school counseling centers ebook, several fellow counselors have asked how to do this with non-readers or emerging readers. There are lots of tools and activities that your primary students can do in centers and still learn about your important counseling topics! Your students don’t need to be reading, but you do need to model and pre-teach every single center before starting! So, if you’re looking for primary school counseling activities, keep reading for centers you and your students will love!

Want to use centers in your primary classroom guidance lessons? You'll love these primary school counseling activities for your centers!

Primary School Counseling Activities: Centers for Pre-Readers

Emotions Centers

Play Dough Facial Expressions

Expand your students’ emotional vocabulary by giving them play dough and feeling face cards to practice identifying facial expressions. These printable cards are in my free resource library.

Want to use centers in your primary classroom guidance lessons? You'll love these primary school counseling activities for your centers! play dough to make emotion faces, facial expressions

Paint an Emotion

With paper plates and paint, you have an emotions center! Students can paint facial expressions that represent how they are feeling now. Or you can provide pictures of scenarios and students can paint a face that describes how they would feel in that situation.

Make a Worry Stone

You can have your students make traditional worry stones with baking clay by rolling colors together, making a spiral, and pressing their fingers into the stone. Then, you can bake the clay for them and return them during your next session. Or, you can give your students painting rocks and paint pens to create a simple worry stone. Students can draw an animal or symbol on the stones to represent the character trait or emotion they want to harness when they are feeling worried.

Want to use centers in your primary classroom guidance lessons? You'll love these primary school counseling activities for your centers! simple worry stones

Worry Dolls

At this center, students can make simple pipe cleaner worry dolls. See this site for a tutorial. Students can keep the worry dolls in their desks or pockets and run their fingers over the texture when they are feeling worried.

Want to use centers in your primary classroom guidance lessons? You'll love these primary school counseling activities for your centers! worry dolls with pipe cleaners

Career Centers

Build a Tool

Give students cards with pictures of community helpers. The students will use play dough to build a tool that the community helper might use in his or her job.

Career Puzzles

Give your students community helper puzzle pieces to assemble. They can identify the community helpers and then share with their small group what the community helper does.

Want to use centers in your primary classroom guidance lessons? You'll love these primary school counseling activities for your centers! career education community helper matching puzzles

Stress Management Centers

Mandala Coloring

Play calm spa music or nature sounds. Students can color mandalas at this center for a calming strategy or mindfulness exercise.

Want to use centers in your primary classroom guidance lessons? You'll love these primary school counseling activities for your centers! mindful coloring mandalas for stress management

Exercise or Yoga

Create a center with exercise or yoga pose cards. On the exercise cards, include a number (i.e. a picture of a child doing jumping jacks with the number 10). Students will simply look at the cards and complete the exercises or poses – no reading required! These yoga cards are also in my free resource library.

Want to use centers in your primary classroom guidance lessons? You'll love these primary school counseling activities for your centers! yoga activity for school counseling, simple yoga pose cards

Music

If you have iPads or Chromebooks, create a playlist of music from various genres. Students can listen to the music and note which song is most relaxing for them.

Play Dough Squeeze and Roll

At this center, students will simply press, roll, and squeeze play dough as a means to relieve tension. You can include a sound machine or spa music at this center as well.

Want to use centers in your primary classroom guidance lessons? You'll love these primary school counseling activities for your centers!

Mindfulness Centers

Mindful Bottles

With some supervision, students can make mindfulness bottles or glitter jars! You can find small bottles as your local craft store if you’re doing this activity with a whole class.

Mindful Breathing

At this center, students can practice controlled breathing using pinwheels or bubbles. Demonstrate this center beforehand so they understand the proper way to control their inhale and exhale breaths.

Want to use centers in your primary classroom guidance lessons? You'll love these primary school counseling activities for your centers! Mindfulness activities for centers - mindful breathing

Do you have other primary school counseling activities that you use in centers? Let me know in the comments section! And if you’re curious about how you can do centers in your classroom guidance lessons, don’t miss this post.

Love centers? Grab over 50 school counseling center activities in this bundle.

Happy Counseling! -Counselor Keri

Want to use centers in your primary classroom guidance lessons? You'll love these primary school counseling activities for your centers!

4 thoughts on “School Counseling Center Ideas for Primary Students

  1. These are fantastic! This year will be my first attempt at incorporating centers. I can’t wait to try out a few of your suggestions.

  2. Hi! I am wanting to do centers in my Guidance lessons this year. I teach K-5 grade lessons and was wondering if you create different centers for every grade level? Thanks! 🙂

    1. Yes! I have a lot of different activities for different grade levels – the K/1 activities usually don’t require reading while the upper grade levels have more in depth scenario discussion cards or activities that require reading.

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