Choices and problem solving, what you can control versus what you cannot. What Can I Control?

Day in the Life of School Counseling does a great job at laying out this lesson plan comparing problems you can control (play dough) to problems you cannot control (rocks). The rocks are not malleable, just like some situations in life, which means that we must find ways to accept and cope with them instead.

It’s a valuable concept that is at the core of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.


Topic: Problem Solving, Control, Coping Skills

Supplies Needed: Play-Dough (enough for each participant) and a Rock

Prep Time: No Prep

Activity: Physical, Written, & Discussion

Age Range: Children & Teens

Thoughts & Suggestions

Coping is such an important skill for any individual to have. Effectively coping with a challenging situation can change how we think, feel, and/or act, about that event and in effect shape our approach to life.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_btn title=”View the Original Source” color=”inverse” align=”center” i_icon_fontawesome=”far fa-folder-open” css_animation=”flipInY” button_block=”true” add_icon=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fdayinthelifeofschoolcounseling.blogspot.com%2F2013%2F09%2Fintroduction-to-coping.html|title:Counselor%20Keri%20Introduces%20Coping|target:_blank|rel:nofollow”][vc_btn title=”Go Straight to 3pg PDF Handouts” color=”danger” align=”center” i_icon_fontawesome=”far fa-folder-open” css_animation=”rotateInUpLeft” button_block=”true” add_icon=”true” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.psychcreatives.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2020%2F12%2FRock-or-Playdoh-Problems-Coping-Skills-3.pdf|title:Rock%20or%20Playdough%20Problem%20-%20Acceptance%20Activity%20PDF|target:_blank”][/vc_column][/vc_row]