The goal of this play therapy activity is to ask the play therapy client to name a jungle animal (You can use other animals as well).
Some of the traits listed can be positive, neutral, or negative. However, it is always best to end the session with a focus on the positive traits of the play therapy client.
Materials for Play Therapy Activity:
Plastic Jungle Animals Clip Art Cutouts
Pop-up World paper, Pizza Box, or Paper Plate
Directions for Play Therapy Activity:
1. Ask the play therapy client to think of a jungle animal they can relate to in some way. Either use a miniature of that animal or find a paper cutout picture. The client can draw the animal if they prefer.
2. Once the play therapy client has identified an animal ask them to create a jungle world for their jungle animal on the worksheet below.
3. After the play therapy client has identified the animal and drawn a world for it the therapist will ask the following questions:
Can you name some personal traits that the jungle animal you picked has that might relate to some of your personal qualities?
What are some personal traits you share with the jungle animal that you would like to change?
What are some strength traits you share with the jungle animal that can help you in real life?
How can you bring out these positive strength traits in the future?
What is this play therapy world like for the jungle animal? Does anything need to change?
4. Once this project is finished the play therapy client can take the drawing home and use it as a reminder of the traits that give them strength.
Extensions: This activity can be completed with the use of plastic miniatures. Buy a bag of plastic jungle animals and allow the client to pick out an animal that they relate to. The play therapy client can also take this plastic animal home as a representation of the animal’s strengths and their own personal strengths.
A play therapy collage, or stage, can also be created that represents the animal’s environment.
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