Play Therapy Activity: Create The Bottle of Feelings

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Geriatric Play Therapy Activity: Create a Feelings Bottle

Geriatric Play Therapy Activity: Create a Feelings Bottle

I enjoyed theis play therapy activity of the feeling bottle. Though I am currently in the grieving process, I choose to take another perspective. I selected sequins that were shaped of things that were happy and joyous as that is what my inner child was craving at the moment. I picked stars, actual sea shells, a sail boat and sequins of various colors. As I selected each item, I expressed to my partner why I picked the item or what the item represented. I selected the green food coloring because it is a color that when I wear I feel confident.

The mixing/shaking of the bottle that represented things that make me happy and seeing it all cascade and float around made me smile. Watching the items floating made me realize that I want to be just like them, carefree. I keep the bottle on my desk and shake it often when I need to get back to happy. The bottle symbolizes my creation of happiness without judgment of others.

I intern at Wesley Woods where I work with the geriatric population. This population has experienced a lot of grief which has resulted in major depression and anxiety. I conducted this activity with them by asking them to name 2 things that bring them joy. For each item, they placed an item in the bottle to symbolize the joy. I had them add small trinkets that they brought. One client included a penny because she remembered rolling pennies with her daughter who recently passed and it was a fond memory.

Though a simple exercise, the play therapy activity allowed the clients to be reflective in their thoughts and get in touch with their emotions. The end product was a keepsake that they can have as a reminder of this geriatric play therapy experience.

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