15+ Inside Out Toys and Books to Use in Counseling & the Classroom

Inside Out is a great movie that covers many counseling themes. Kids love movies, they don’t just love movies…they LOVE movies. Finally, us counselors have a super cute movie that can be used to teach students how to handle their feelings!!!

Now that we have the magical world of Disney and Pixar in our arsenal, it’s time to hook up our offices (or classrooms) with Inside Out books and various “goodies” that will spark conversations (and fun of course!).

Since Amazon ships free with orders over $25, they are my typically my go-to when I’m looking for fun play therapy items.

Here’s are some of the things on my wishlist!

The Ultimate Figurine Collection

With or without a sand tray…this set rocks! Kids can spend countless hours exploring their feelings with these guys.

Inside Out character set


Magic 8 Ball

Inside Out Magic 8 Ball

Anger Plush Figure

This guy is going to be my classroom counselor…what I mean by that is while he is on duty in my calm down corner, students can tell him all about what’s making them upset. You see Anger is a pro at this sort of thing. He understands…he can hang onto other people’s anger without getting hurt!

Inside Out Anger stuffed animal

Deluxe Plus Bing Bong  (he even smells like cotton candy!)

He’s going to be my class mascot! Seriously!!! We all need a friend like Bing Bong. When my kiddos need a listening ear…Bing Bong will be waiting for them in my calming area.

Inside Out - Billabong stuffed animal

Plush Characters

These guys are the “basic” set of plush Characters from Inside Out. For about $20 you can get the whole set. I plan on having my students integrate these guys into their character trait writing, dialogue, personal narratives, and perspective taking.

Inside Out Stuffed Animals

Anger Flashlight

This is the perfect item for a play therapy room! Kids can tell about what makes their anger “turn on”, talk about how they can “turn it off” (not as easy as flipping a switch), and also how our batteries die if we leave our anger on for too long…I’m sure my kids will come up with more, but this lil’guy is a must!

Inside Out Anger flashlight

 Inside Out Mood Rings

Use the rings to “put on” and “take off” different emotions. What does it look like when you wear anger, sadness, joy, etc…What does it sound like? What does it feel like?

Inside Out mood ring set

Inside Out Duct Tape

Ahhhh, the wonders of Duck Tape! So many fun crafts, so little time!

Inside Out Duck Tape

Inside Out Stickers

No need for explanation here 😉
Inside Out Stickers

Inside Out – So Many Feelings Doodle and Draw Activities Book

Now that I’m teaching, I’m always looking for meaningful time fillers that kids will like. 2 birds – 1 stone!

The Bing Bong Book

In this adorable spin-off, Bing Bong wants to have a tea party with friends but ends up learning that you can have fun when you’re alone.

Inside My Mind: A Book About MeInside My Mind Book

The Emotions Survival Guide

Inside Out Sadly Ever After

I have yet to read this book myself, but the reviews all say that it’s a good book to help teach kids about emotions. I’m always game to try a new book…doubly game if it’s a counseling related book!

Inside Out Sadly ever after

Free Inside Out Kindle Books on Amazon

This super helpful set of books can be enjoyed for free if you have a Prime Membership…you can also enjoy an unlimited amount of books with a FREE 30-day Kindle Unlimited trial. (You can continue enjoying unlimited books for $9.99 a month after the trial)

Box of Mixed Emotions

Don’t have a Kindle? That’s okay you can still read free Kindle books and books from Kindle Unlimited on their app!


Inside Out Audiobook

Listen to the audiobook for free with a 30-day Audible trial


Reusable Inside Out Gift Bags (12-pack)

These would be great to store group projects in while the group is in session and then the students can take the bag, with their projects home, at the end.

Inside Out part bags

Love these posters & wall decals!


Large Inside Out Wall Decals

These are going on the wall in my calming corner…of course they would be just as adorable on file cabinets, bookshelves, or doors.



So that’s my list (so far)! How do you plan on using the movie with your students/clients?

If you’re looking for a fun Inside Out activity for your kiddos, check out my Inside Feelings booklet or the Inside Feelings Puzzle set.

Inside Out Feelings Puzzle

Inside Out counseling booklet




You may be interested in the following posts! Images are clickable. 🙂

20+ Inside Out Video Clips


Inside Out Themes


Best wishes,






8 responses to “15+ Inside Out Toys and Books to Use in Counseling & the Classroom”

  1. Elizabeh Mueller Avatar
    Elizabeh Mueller

    I also have a great book box set with a book dedicated to each emotion. I let the kids pick which emotion they’re feeling and it goes in the front where a hole shows the character and reads: this emotion is in charge today.

    1. Heather Avatar

      That sounds fantastic! Where did you find it?

      1. Elizabeh Mueller Avatar
        Elizabeh Mueller

        Pixar HQ back in May. I’m hoping it’s available at bookstores or Amazon now that the film is out.

  2. Penken Avatar

    This is such an incredible post. I haven’t even seen the movie yet. I plan on going before summer ends. Don’t want to count the days… You must be an amazing guidance counselor. You actually work with children? Not just test scores???? Have a wonderful year.

    1. Heather Avatar

      Awe…THANK YOU!!! At the elementary level, I work primarily with children and the issues they are struggling with. 🙂

      Best wishes,

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