Fun Ideas and Projects

  • (K-5th) Calm down jars are a wonderful tool to use when a child is upset. Here is a link to a few ways to make them. You can keep these on hand in the car, in your child’s bedroom, and around the house
  • (K-5th) Use some of your spare time to create a calm down space in your home. Ideas to get you going on what this might look like are here
  • (K-8th) Check out this list of 30 things St. John students can do to practice emotional health
  • (K-8th) In the spirit of having a little fun, I created this Social Emotional Learning Scavenger Hunt for St. John students! There are 8 tasks that are both silly and fun, but also nurture mental health and well-being
  • (K-8th) Move This World has created many wonderful social-emotional activities for students to do at home. Check out several of my favorite here, including; an emotions memory game and emotions Go Fish, self care bingo and social connection bingo, a family feelings interview, and more
  • (K-8th) Looking for fun and simple ways to spark social-emotional conversations as a family? Print out and play this Family Talk board game, use these 48 Family Conversation Starters during dinner, or do this fun Family Selfie Scavenger Hunt
  • (K-8th) A fellow school counselor has created a super awesome free resource library of activities for children to do to process their feelings and practice strategies to de-stress. You’ll find zen doodling pages, habit and feelings trackers, guided imagery scripts, daily routine charts, mindfulness bingo, and more
  • (K-8th) The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation has tons of great ideas and activities that spread kindness
  • (K-8th) Long Creations has created free COVID-19 Time Capsule pages for children and families to fill out to remember this historic time. Check out the time capsule pages here and as well as a special birthday time capsule here
  • (3rd-5th) Make a coping skills fortune teller. If you need some ideas for positive coping skills, check out this list with 100 ideas of healthy coping skills
  • (3rd-8th) Do some mindful coloring. You can find a PDF of printable mandalas here and mindful coloring pages here
  • (6th-8th) If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, take a moment to do something positive for yourself to feel better. Check out this list with 100 ideas of healthy coping skills