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GREAT ITEMS FOR A COUNSELOR'S OFFICE
This game is one of my new favorite social skills games! Why? Because not only do I enjoy playing, children really enjoy playing. The main character in the game is Q, a super smart monkey but doesn’t always have the greatest social awareness and doesn’t always think about others. Q’s Race to the Top is super simple to learn. The game has three types of cards: Blue YOU Cards, Green Q Cards, Orange DO Cards. The counselor in me loves the Blue and Green cards, and the mom in me loves the Orange cards. they get kids moving and doing physical things that are fun and a little challenging. It’s perfect for a child who may have a hard time sitting still for a whole game. And the beauty is it makes children stay invested and involved with the game. Having the physical component is the perfect way to balance out the talking parts of the game.
Sometimes when kids are talking, they just need something to hold onto. If they have excess energy, sometimes they can use a fidget as a way to help release some of that. I kept several different kinds in a fidget basket in my office.
The repetitive motion of the Jacob’s Ladder and the gentle sounds can be soothing to kids. I always had a couple in my office at school for this reason.
There are so many kinds of stress balls out there. I’ve tried the kind that has mesh and goo squeezes out the side, but I will tell you that one often bursts quickly, yuck! You can purchase stress balls or make your own. I’ve made them with balloons and different materials like flour, lentils, rice or even play dough. They all have a different resistance and texture, so experiment and figure out which one works best for your child. See how our experiment with different stress balls worked here.
A simple and quick game to play during lunch group or when working one on one with a child.
This game can be a great distraction for kids when they come into an office. They need to concentrate, and it can take the focus off a conflict. It can also be a great game for kids to try to figure out together.
You might not know this, but Uno can be hardcore. I really loved playing Uno, because there are so many ways to play. I always liked to make sure that everyone was on the same page about the rules. Great practice for real life!
Great questions that can be used during lunch groups to start conversations.
I always kept this game around because some kids found it quite soothing to play. There is something about the smoothness of the marbles and the sound that they make when you drop them into the different spots on the mancala board.