Therapy with kids involves play. Playing is how kids communicate and build skills. Any other counselors out there have favorite games to play with kids?
  1. The Ungame
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    "The game with a thousand answers to every questions." This gets kids talking and they seem to legit love it!
  2. Feelings Jenga
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    For practice talking about feelings. Also a great rapport-builder. Make your own set with whatever feelings words/questions you want!
  3. Playing catch/basketball
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    Nothing helps a kid relax like tossing a ball outdoors
  4. Mancala
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    I legit just love this game. It's simple but requires focus and thinking ahead, which are good skills for most of my clients to practice.
  5. Checkers/Chess (depending on age)
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    Like mancala, both require impulse control, thinking before you act, patience. As does LIFE. 🤓
  6. Story cubes
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    These can be really fun and lead to interesting conversations. There are various sets with different themes.
  7. Connect Four
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    The best is when I find a kid who can actually beat me. Then it's ON. It's a little repetitive , obviously. Good if you don't have a lot of time.
  8. Puzzles
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    🎶let's work together!🎶
  9. Memory
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    Boring as heck, let's be real. Little kids love it.
  10. All the other games. ALL OF THEM.
  11. Uno
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    I hate you, UNO. Playing with two people is the worst. If I never have to play uno again I'll be thrilled.