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Acts of kindness- Friendship High Fives. Students trace and cut out their hand, write a friend's name on the palm and then list reasons why that friend is special on the fingers.

Friendship High Fives - Kindness for Kids

Give the kiddos some wiggly eyes, have them draw around it and write about their creation.

House of Baby Piranha: Wiggly Eye Drawing Starter

This therapist has her middle school girls cut out their favorite lyrics from girl power songs and make collages. When they were done, some even added their own positive affirmations! The songs she used were "Brave" by Sara Bareilles, "Roar" by Katy Perry, "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera, and "Who you are" by Jessie J. I would add "You Don't Own Me" and "Don't Make Me Over."

social and motor skills- step over without disturbing hoop into "rabbit hole" before "fox" catches you, then step out

The Inspired Treehouse

Importance of Teamwork/groupwork ice-breaker; use string and a rubber band to move a stack of cups from one desk to another. For younger kids, tie string to the rubber band ahead of time, but for older kids, I think I'd give them the string and rubber band and have them figure out how to use them.

Science Gal: Setting Expectations for Group Work

Turning negative thoughts into positive thoughts chart

Story Lanterns - good grief activity. They can add the story to one side of the lantern and then a picture to the other side and light it whenever they're missing the person.

Growth Mindset: What Can I Say to Myself?

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This hilarious game requires people to follow verbal diretions… All you need are sturdy paper plates and pens for each player. The host tells the players to put their paper plate on their head. Then the host will give a series of instructions for the players to draw on their paper plates (that are on their heads) without looking.


Worry Board - a great visual for seeing how kids rate their worries/problems from week to week.

Worry Board - The School Counseling Files

Self esteem activities for girls

Toolkit & Resources for The Dove® Movement for Self-Esteem

Minute to Win It – Tween Challenge | Tween Craft Ideas for Mom and Daughter While holding a craft stick in your mouth, player must stack 6 dice on top of each other on the end and hold for 3 seconds.

Index of 53 group games (ice breakers, team-building games, etc.) that are great for promoting unity, teamwork, camaraderie, or for teaching valuable lessons. Instructions, rules, variations, etc., are included.

A Teacher's Bag of Tricks: Ice Breaker: Human Knot

The gift tree. Memories and character traits from loved ones who have passed are gifts. Elementary students each made a gift tree in our grief group.

Organize games in stackable plastic drawer bins with labels. No more missing game pieces from torn up boxes!

Game Closet Organization - Raising Lemons | Raising Lemons

Skittles get to know you game: Everyone takes as many as they want. For every red skittle, you tell embarrassing moments or memorable moments in your life. For every orange skittle, you tell a goal that you have. For every purple skittle, you tell an achievement. For every yellow skittle, you tell about a hobby or interest that you have. For every green skittle, you tell about your "favorites." This could be your favorite food, your favorite vacation, your favorite brand of lip gloss..etc.

Skittles get to know you game

Love these ideas for teaching kids to relax! So important in our technology-focused, go-go-go society.

Restorative Yoga for Children - Shivaya Naturals

This is a super cool idea! Put some objects in the bag, and let kids pull one out to tell the next part of the story! Some kids would REALLY look forward to this! Adapt for music- songwriting, creative play, dramatics

Serendipity from Jewels : Story Bags