Today, I saw a student who I've seen for some time. He asked if we could do a simple activity I’ve used in the past. You use a bouncing ball to land in a basket. The basket can be anything, but it is fun to use a round basket, as it will sometimes spin itself in or out.
So, the purpose is to have the ball bounce a number of times prior to landing in the basket. I ask the child to fill in a sentence completion item prior to bouncing the ball. I will often also fill in the statement. Suggestions include: “The last time I was angry was____________________.” “I was angry at my_________________.” “I solved the disagreement by__________________.” “The last time I told a friend about my ‘sad’ was____________________.” You can make the activity more interesting by placing the basket on a table top, desk top, or countertop.This activity seems to break down a lot of barriers. I enjoy it and so does the student. Here is another chance to make the session about the child, giving them an outlet for fun but also reflection.