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Free Problem Solving for Kids School Counseling Printable



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Our free solution-focused counseling activity for kids is a fun way to help kids solve problems. Just cut, fold, and paste a few pieces of paper, and you’ll have yourself a Mystery Board!  Which helps make talking about finding solutions fun!  In addition, you’ll find a printable poster to go along with the resource, too.

There are 9 open-ended questions hiding behind the paper flaps:

  1. What do you hope will happen instead of what is bothering you?
  2. Can you be 100% sure that your thought is 100% true? What else could be possible?
  3. What is the worst thing that could happen? What is the best thing that could happen?
  4. What is something has helped you move closer to your goal or hope so far? Even if it has just been a little help. 
  5. What are 2-3 small steps you can take which will help move you closer to your goal?
  6. If you could wave a magic wand and things changed in the way you’d like, how would you know magic had happened? What would be different?
  7. When is a time you faced a similar problem, and what did you do that helped?
  8. If the worst really did happen, what could you do to cope, and who could help you?
  9. Lastly, what would you advise your best friend if they were dealing with a similar challenge?


If you like this solution-focused counseling activity for kids, be sure to check out our Toolbox, fun Self-Esteem Card Game, and interactive Choice Board, too!

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Free, Problem Solving + Finding Solutions, Classroom + Office Decor

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Comes in full color, light color, and black/white printing options.


My younger clients loved this as a resource. The parents loved it too! great mindful and breathing exercises to implement into the counseling sessions when discussing emotional regulation and distress tolerance. My clients loved being able to have something they can take with them and use at home or school.

-Julianna D.

November 17, 2021, TPT Review



This is great for visual learners. The graphics are beautiful. My students better identify with these resources because they are more life like than others.

-Momi D.

December 29, 2021, TPT Review



This is a fabulous resource – the young people I have used this with have really enjoyed the visuals and it has helped open up conversation.

-Chris K.

August 5, 2021, TPT Review