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Activities and resources for younger children?

Dear all,

I work with learning mentors (school based Child and Youth Care practitioners) practitioners in the UK. One of the mentors was seeking advice about resources/activities for working with children 5-8 years old in a school setting, e.g. Art and play activities that would facilitate their ability to communicate their views/emotions.

Any suggested books and/or websites would be appreciated.

Sandy Posnikoff

In My Shoes is a great computer based programme designed to help child communicate thoughts, feelings, experiences. I use it regularly.

Johnnie (Ireland)

Check out these:

Ann Vernon ....uses REBT based activities.
Liana Lowenstein
Raccoon Circles

As starters.
Rick Kelly

I love Spolins work on theater activities.

Or Project Adventure`s resources on games and initiatives for team building and challenges and games.

Peter Delong

Some of my favourite resources when I worked as a school counsellor are listed below:

Liana Lowenstein's books Creative Interventions for Troubled Children and Youth (she takes common board games and creates fun yet therapeutic activities for children and youth)

Cathy Malchiodi's books are fantastic also and she has many resources online on her Pintrist board

There is also a great site for Play based approaches at

David Crenshaw also have some great books.

We use a lot of organic approaches as they naturally arise in session i.e. we may create anger creatures, safe spaces, self care / comfort kits etc, I'll try to think further re: what I have on my book shelf at the office as well.

There are so many fantastic resources but many great ideas can be found online. A few of my colleagues do amazing work, check out Carmen Richardson, Cherie Spehar,

Lori Gill

Hello Sandy,

If the learning mentor is looking for activities that are clinically supported or that have a sound evidence base to support their use, a CBT programme called Fun Friends by Barrett might be a good starting point.

Delphine Amer

Hey Sandy,

Healing Spaces by Michael Burns is good.

Jean Malig

Time In by Michael Burns

Michelle Shelswell

Hey Sandy,

We implemented a new class this year called activity based interventions, our online reading is from Project Adventure. You can sign up for a few different memberships, it has 1000's of activities which come with step by step outlines and some have videos as well, they come with debrief questions, the whole gamut!

Check it out, awesome resource!!!!

Alise McKenzie

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