These 17 games practice impulse control, paying attention, listening and following directions. Students focus on having to pay close attention to expectations, and override urges in order to make the most appropriate choice about their actions. Games can be conducted with small or large groups, require NO materials or preparation, and most can be played either indoors our outside.
Need a quick game to play with a student struggling with impulse control? Print this page, cut out the words to use as flashcards, and have the student "Stop and Think" about what the word says before saying it out loud. Relate the activity to controlling our body in the classroom.
This activity is a fun warm up to help children work on impulse control and flexibility. I made visuals for the night/day activity from Brain Rules as well as created a summer/winter version. Page 3 includes a visual reminder to use to help students remember to think about their answer before blurting a word out, which helps improve their performance.
Impulse control. Student molds play-doh into anything for 1 minute then changes it and makes something new. Then hand them a rock to change. Reminder that some things we can control, and others we can't