7 First week of school activities for high schoolers
Could YOU be the bully? Think about it. Read through this flow chart and be honest with yourself. Even if you may not "bully" in the exact same way as mentioned, could YOU be the bully?? Be honest.
Art Therapy Ideas!
Using Inside Out to help kids cope with group. A six session group plan. www.counselorup.com
Vision Boards For Kids Every kid in my school grade 3-8th grade will start year with visual goal setting. We will use this to form a relationship and to get to know our classmates.
Idea for girls' friendship group
Tonssss of Social Stories
Chalk Talk - write a topic in the middle and have students comment around it. They cannot talk, only write! They go up twice. First they write something original, then they comment on it, could do this with butcher paper or construction paper too
Therapeutic dream catchers! Steps: 1) draw/pattern of dream catcher 2) decorate dream catcher 3) have the child write out negative emotions, triggers, or experiences. 4) trap the negative thoughts/triggers/emotions 5)have the child circle the dream catcher with strengths, positive traits, activities, and other things/people the client loves. #cbt #therapy #kids #socialwork #intervention #cpst #counseling #ecmh #therapist
Gossip is like Glitter... An activity to teach students about gossiping and bullying
Group Bulletin Board - Don't have a meltdown with coping skills listed on the snowflakes
Emotions Color Wheel - Description: This activity is good to break the ice with any client. It is also an easy “check-in” to find out how the client is feeling and the issues he/she is dealing with at this time in his/her life. After creating a pie chart with 8 sections, the client gets to choose 8 emotions and then color in the pie pieces.
Would You Rather questions for kids -- fun conversation starters for kids ages 3-8 (most of these work great for older kids too!)
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.
Give the kiddos some wiggly eyes, have them draw around it and write about their creation.
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
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.
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?
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.
The Play Lady: Care Tags
FREE Would You Rather Questions for Kids!