Are you a school counselor? Behavior specialist? Social worker? I went on a trip to Five Below the other day and found some amazing elementary counseling resources for small group counseling, individual counseling and large group counseling. I’m excited to use them and everything was so inexpensive!
“it’s like a more expensive dollar store.”-my husband
Five Below is a store that gears products more towards tweens, teens and college students. Product prices range from $1-5. It’s become one of the fastest growing retailers in the country! Five Below sells home decor, health, tech, beauty, clothes, toys and games, and more! And now, you can even find fun counseling finds!
Stores are located all over the country! You can find a store locator here.
Yes! We just barely got Five Below stores where I live so I usually ordered online. I had really good luck with their shipping and haven’t had issues.
my big book of feelings: $5
Perfect for: small group counseling, large group counseling, individual counseling
The book contains 200 different activities that help kids explore their emotions and feelings.
What I like: It’s a different take on some of the picture and imagery writing you can often have kids do. Some of the activities can be used as ice breakers too.
calm mindfulness for kids: $5
Perfect For: Small groups, individual counseling
Teaches mindfulness practices with colorful visuals and activities.
What I Like: I like that there are LOT’S of pictures and words for different mindfulness and breathing techniques. This allows for even the youngest elementary aged kids to easily know how to do the exercise. The book also contains activities that look like lot’s of fun with some ideas most counselors have done before (glitter jars) but some new ones too!
who do you think you are?: $5
Perfect For: Small group counseling, large group counseling
Fun profiling tests that discover how your brain responds to emotion, how your process that emotion, and more!
What I Like: This book is perfect for older elementary students to high school kids. Older elementary kids can sometimes be a little harder to entertain and talk about feelings and emotions with, so starting with a quiz has been a great icebreaker with them as long as you explain the results don’t determine their destiny and every quiz or survey has margin of errors. (Yes, I HAVE gotten a call for that before!) 🙂
the book of no worries: $5
Perfect For: Individual counseling, small group counseling
What kinds of worries will you experience as you grow up? This book explains some of those worries in a simple and relevant way.
What I Like: I like that it has a very easy and simple way of explaining a lot of different worries kids experience as they grow up. I think that it’s definetely built for older elementary to high school kids and I wouldn’t just hand over the book to kids to read as there are some themes involving sex and personal things that might need some discretion or time to introduce deeper worries like these.
me, you, us: $5
Perfect For: Small group counseling
It’s a journal of ideas to fill out together. Write fortune cookies to each other. Decide on a team name! it’s a fun and creative time capsule to look back on.
What I Like: This book has some great ways to get kids to start working together through fun themes. It’s perfect for elementary to high school age kids. It’s great to use in a small group counseling session or with behavior groups to get kids really thinking less singularly and more together in a way that doesn’t feel too forced to them. It’s also great in finding similarities among small groups where personalities or interests may differ.
Perfect For: Individual counseling, small groups, large groups
Doodle, color, or stay focused with a coloring book!
What I Like: Coloring NEVER gets old or goes out of style. These are always perfect to have in your counseling room. I love using them when someone is needing to come in and calm down for a few minutes, or as a focusing tool.
a few more books: $5
Perfect For: Personal, individual counseling, small group counseling
Need help getting someone unstuck when dealing with anxiety? Trying to find a few new approaches to old counseling techniques? The books were helpful reads with several take a ways to use in my own personal life, individual or small group counseling!
puppy yoga: $5
Perfect for: Small group, large group counseling
Get an inflatable puppy to balance while you strike a yoga pose. This game has so many fun uses in a counseling setting! From dealing with frustration when you can’t get your puppy to pose, to relaxation techniques using proper form, to being comfortable in awkward situations–it’s just fun!
What I Like: Puppy Yoga was even popular amongst my college aged daughter and friends this summer! It’s a great ice breaker game!
more yoga: $1-5
Perfect For: Small group counseling, large group counseling, calm down techniques
Five Below has a lot of health equipment like yoga balancing blocks, yoga balls and more! We even found this yoga dice game and lot’s of yoga books!
counseling room decor: $1-5
I read on counseling boards from time to time other counselors, social workers and behavior therapists looking for inexpensive room decor to decorate their offices with. Five Below had some really neutral home decor that would be perfect for a counseling office! I found inexpensive storage bins, office supplies, plants, stools, throw pillows and more that were perfect!