As I continue to prepare for a new year of school counseling, I’ve been on the look out for games to use with my anger management groups. I want to share a couple I have found with you.
The m&m® Anger game is a fun and TASTY way for your group members to share their feelings about anger. I found this game board by Lori Kotarba in an old PIC (Practical Ideas for Counselors) Newsletter.
You’ll need to create your game boards, color them, and laminate them. Give each student a fun size pack of m&m’s®. If you have one large bag, give each child 10-15 of them making sure they have at least one of every color. The students will then sort their m&m’s® on the game board. Students will take turns sharing their answers for each color. If a student has two orange m&m’s®, he or she will share two things that make him or her angry. (This is according to my sample. Your color order can be however you choose.) As the students share they may eat their m&m’s®.
Another popular idea comes from Diane Senn’s latest book called Guidance Mini-Lessons. She calls it Beach Ball Buzz. Her book gives suggested statements for an anger management beach ball. She includes a couple of silly directions to add fun to the game as well.
This beach ball has the following statements from the book:
- Show us how to take three deep breaths when you are angry.
- Name one thing that happens to your body when you are getting angry.
- Share a time when you got angry.
- Name one thing that helps you calm down when you are angry.
- Sing the “ABC” song out loud.
- Pretend you are a bird and fly around the room.
Be sure to check out my Teachers pay Teachers store for an Anger Management Activity Pack which includes a foldable, 8 anger management strategy posters in two styles (total of 16), and an I-Messages Activity for $3.50. You can also find The Anger Games which includes a BINGO game and cootie catcher for $3.00 and my Calm Down Pack with task cards, activity sheets and a booklet for $4.00.
OT: The PIC article suggested creating m&m® game boards for whatever topics you choose. So, I created two others to share with you. One can be used in a self-esteem group and the other is for a getting to know you session with new students.
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