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Play therapists need to be able to appreciate and empathize with children and their love of stuffed animals.
One of the activities I require from my counseling graduate students is to reconnect with a teddy bear or stuffed animal as part of a play therapy experiment.
Below is an excellent activity to help play therapist reconnect with their inner child’s need for a stuffed animal.
Directions For Teddy Bear Play Therapy Activity:
1. Find a teddy bear or stuffed animal. Give it a name. This will start the play therapy bonding process for Teddy Bear Therapy.
2. Carry this stuffed animal or teddy bear around with you for 24 hours as part of your play therapy experiment. Make sure you take the teddy bear or stuffed animal to your job, school, restaurants, etc.
Do not leave the teddy bear or stuffed animal alone for 24 hours, including sleeping time.
3. Talk to your teddy bear or stuffed animal. Tell it how you are feeling. Cuddle with your bear or stuffed animal several times a day as it helps the bonding process.
Other adults will find this strange so be prepared to let them know you are conducting a “play therapy experiment” with your teddy bear or stuffed animal.
4. Have a tea party for your teddy bear or stuffed animal. Invite your play therapist friends over for the same experience. Talk to your play therapist friends about the past 24 hours with your teddy bear or stuffed animal.
Note: This activity will seem very odd to you at first. However, your inner child will remember what it felt like to project your feelings and love into a stuffed animal.
This is a very important memory recall for play therapist to reconnect with. Play therapist should try this experiment before conducting a “Teddy Bear Tea Party” with their play therapy clients.
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