Why Play Therapy Toys?

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The toys in my play therapy room are my greatest tools as a play therapist and sand tray therapist. I could not imagine doing any type of therapy without them! This includes adults and children.

My toys do most of the work for me as a play therapist. I just have to have the knowledge and skill of how to utilize them to help my client.

I love bringing a child (or even an adult) into the play therapy room and seeing the look on their faces. It is the look of "pure amazement". I am just a simple play and sand tray therapist, so I don't have a billion toys. I have spent years being selective with the toys I buy. I never spend a lot of money either!

My toys work hard for me and I keep them in good condition. I am constantly rethinking my toys and some get tossed as I add new toys to the collection.

When I have a child who is upset or resistant, all I have to do is bring the child to the play room. My toys do the rest of the work for me.

For a few moments the child forgets they are upset. The toys call to them. The child is curious. I introduce my toys to the child. The child begins to trust me and the toys.

Even when the child remembers they are upset, the toys still work their magic. The child just needs more time and more introductions to the toys.

My toys work 99% of the time. Extreme cases are always longer to get the child to adjust to the toys. If you know this before you begin to work with toys it can tell you which children are more adjusted than others.

List of Creative Counseling Play Therapy Toys

Below is a list of suggested play therapy toys and play therapy supplies. Creative Play Therapy takes play therapy to a unique and different level.

Play Therapy Toys Model Horse Stable- Model Horses- Model Horse Stable (Homemade is the best!)

Play Therapy Toy Model Castle With Knights, Princess, Dragons

Play Therapy Toy Pirate Ship With Pirates

Play Therapy Toy Model Classroom Set

Play Therapy Toy Model Courtroom Set

Play Therapy Toys / Art Supplies:Glue, sparkles, buttons, feathers, glitter, pipe cleaners, jewels, seashells, stones, fuzzies, popsicle sticks, sequins, confetti, toothpicks, anything crafty with color or sparkle, and colored paper.- Paper- Easel- Paint- Markers- Glue- Scissors

Play Therapy Toys Food Items:- Small Suckers or Lollipops -Frosting and food coloring

Play Therapy Toys Paper & Plastic Items:

- Study Paper Plates- Empty and cleaned 1 gallon milk jug- Plastic water bottles

(Start to collect recycled materials.)

Play Therapy Toys Dollhouse Dolls & Dollhouse:

Homemade Doll House or store bought doll house: -Doll House Furniture (Can be homemade or store bought)-Materials to build your own doll house. -Doll house people or miniaturesI have several homemade doll houses in my collection.

Play Therapy Toys Homemade Puppets (Some purchased puppets), & Homemade Puppet Theater

-Puppets-Puppet Theater-Magazine cutouts to make paper doll/etc. cutouts

Stuffed Animals & Dolls

- Teddy Bears or Stuffed Animals- Dolls

Games-Play Therapy Games

Books-Play Therapy Books

Tea Party

- Child size plastic tea cups, saucer, plates, and tea pot.- Small Table & Chairs

Birthday Items:

- Birthday Party supplies (party hats, blowers, balloons, banners).

Sand Tray

For the beginning Sand Tray Therapist:

1 aluminum cooking tin (about the size a turkey can fit into). Do not use anything related to a cat litter box!Blue spray paint to paint the bottom of the sand tray.Clean sand box sand (Go in with other students to purchase this.) / Make sure sand is clean and sand box sand.

- For the trained Sand Tray Therapist: Regulation Sand Tray

Suggested Miniatures for Sand Tray:

(Do not feel that you must purchase all items below. Look in your house, buy Happy Meals, trade with friends.)

(Get cheap bags in bulk of dinosaurs, army men, jungle, farm, or other animals.). We host a Miniature Swap in class.

Play Therapy Toy Sand Tray Miniature Themes


Army men / Rescue

Policemen / Rescue

Miniature alcohol bottles

Animals (farm, jungle, ocean, etc.)






Trees / bushes / flowers/ rocks / fences / bridges / nature / shells

Human figures

Super heroes



Action figures


Fairies / elves



House / home

Witches / wizards

Ugly miniatures


Magazine cut outs that visually speak to you.

Theme miniatures: Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse, Disney, etc.

Other Play Therapy Toys

Plastic Bucket with shovel

Medical Healing Items: Medical Play Kit

Nurturing Items: Baby Bottles

Plastic Knife and Gun (Not for school use!)

Treasure Box

Hiding Items: Tents, boxes

Costume Items for Dress Up

Bop Bag

1 Noodle (cut in half) for sword fighting

Do not feel you need to purchase all at once.

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