Art Activities, School Counseling, Small Group Counseling

Watercolor Mandala Activity for School Counseling

Lately, I have been playing around with watercolors and crayons to explore different activities that could be used in small group counseling. Two of my favorites are the watercolor affirmation activity and the secret message closing activity. For the more artistic and introspective students, I thought it would be fun to create a mandala using these supplies!… Continue reading Watercolor Mandala Activity for School Counseling

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

Art Activities, School Counseling

What Can I Control?Counseling Activity to Explore Realm of Control

We all have students who want to control everything: their neighbor's behaviors, their teacher's time, their parents' jobs, EVERYTHING! Helping students understand what they can and cannot control isimportant not only for academic success but for emotional well-being too. Trying to control things outside of their control can leave them feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and unable… Continue reading What Can I Control?Counseling Activity to Explore Realm of Control