Game Day Centers for Testing in 3rd Grade

Our third graders are taking state tests for the first time, and it’s a lot for them to deal with! So for our counseling lesson this week, I decided to have a game day to just have some fun. In groups of 4-6, students rotated through game centers (and had a chance to work on their sportsmanship skills we’ve been practicing!). These are the counseling games we played:

Looking for some fun counseling games to play with your students? The card games and board games are sure to be a hit!

Counseling Games from Our Game Day

Coping Skills Find It

This game is like Spot It, which my students love! They are searching for the one common item on 2 cards, and all of the items are calming activities or coping tools. After they find the similar item, they share how it might help someone feel better before moving to the next cards.

Looking for some fun counseling games to play with your students? The card games and board games are sure to be a hit!

Waterfalls & Vines

We LOVE this game! It’s played like chutes and ladders. Students climb up the vines and slide down the waterfalls. I have prompts that match the spaces on the board for every topic. For our game day today, we used the growth mindset and self esteem prompts.

Looking for some fun counseling games to play with your students? The card games and board games are sure to be a hit!

Conflict Resolvers

This card game is played like Uno, but it’s all focused on positive conflict resolution strategies. Students share and practice calming strategies, identify the size of the problem, pick win-win solutions, etc. and of course, it includes everyone’s favorite cards: Draw +2 and switch directions.

Looking for some fun counseling games to play with your students? The card games and board games are sure to be a hit!

Yoga Spinner

I included this game so we could have some opportunities for movement! It’s one of my favorite yoga resources for counseling. Students spin the spinner, draw the corresponding card, and try the yoga poses shown. I always tell students if they don’t feel comfortable trying a pose shown on the cards, they can do a pose they are comfortable in, like Tree or Mountain. They really love the partner poses!


Looking for some fun counseling games to play with your students? The card games and board games are sure to be a hit!

End of the Year Reflections

For this game, I combined 2 games I use at school. The board is from the Sea of Friends group curriculum, and the game die is from an end of the year reflection lesson. I just added some numbers on the die so students could move around the board.

Looking for some fun counseling games to play with your students? The card games and board games are sure to be a hit!

Extra Supplies:

To make things simple, I use these people counters as game pieces!


I also have a stash of dice on hand to use for any board games that need them!


Looking for some fun counseling games to play with your students? The card games and board games are sure to be a hit! Counseling games for classroom guidance lessons, games for group counseling, games for individual counseling sessions for anger, worry, self esteem, growth mindset, coping skills, conflict resolution, and more.

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