Learn How to Use the
Play Therapy Animal
Self- Portrait

Ask your play therapy client to draw themselves as an animal.

Make sure you point out that the animal should relate to the feelings the client has experienced that day or week.

Animals can change from day to day based on the “mood” or “feelings” the client is experiencing. Translate the animal in the Symbols dictionary.

Ask the play therapy client to translate the feelings to the symbol of the animal.

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Materials for Play Therapy Animal Self-Portrait:

White paper

Markers, Paint, or Crayons

Directions for Play Therapy Animal Self-Portrait:

1. Use this play therapy art activity after you have processed the "feelings" the play therapy client has had that day, or during the week.

2. Ask the play therapy client to draw an animal that represents the feeling(s) they have been experiencing and discussed in play therapy.

3. Give the play therapy client time to draw the animal.

4. After the play therapy client has drawn the animal discuss how the "feelings" relate to the animal.

5. Translate the animal in the Symbols Dictionary book or look on-line. You may want to look up the animal on the Dream Dictionary website.

6. Ask the play therapy client how they feel about the translation from the Symbols Dictionary or the Dream Dictionary website. Does any part of the translation make sense to them?

7. Try drawing other animals to represent other feelings. The play therapist will need to note that the animals can change based on the feelings that are experienced.

8. This play therapy activity is a great way to warm up to the Sand Tray and other miniature work.

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