Children of play therapy often have a difficult time identifying their feelings.
This play therapy game helps play therapy clients learn about and identify feelings.
During the game the child can process feelings with the therapist or counselor.
Materials for Play Therapy Game:
-Gingerbread Man cut outs (See Below)
-Tape if needed for attaching the Gingerbread Man cut outs
Directions for Play Therapy Game:
1. Before the play therapy client, or student, arrives for the session hide the Gingerbread Man cut outs around your office or room.
2. Once the student, or play therapy client, arrives ask them to join you for a Feeling Gingerbread Man hunt in your office / room.
3. Once a student, or play therapy client, finds the Gingerbread Man cut out the play therapist therapist / counselor will ask them to read it aloud.
4. An example of the print on one of the Gingerbread Man cut outs is, “Tell me about a time you felt sad.”
5. The play therapy client / student will tell about a time he or she felt sad.
6. Continue to seek the Gingerbread Man clues and have the student, or play therapy client, read each clue and identify a feeling they once had that relates to the Gingerbread Man cut out.
Extension: See “The Feeling Cookie” activity link below and replace the sugar cookie with Gingerbread Men cookies.
This play therapy game can be played individually or with a plaly therapy group.
Disclaimer: This website and its content is intended for trained licensed mental health professionals and school certified mental health professionals to use for their clients / students at their own discretion.
*If you ignore the disclaimer above are using these techniques on yourself and you feel any discomfort or upset it is highly suggested that you seek out a licensed mental health professional immediately.
"Beyond Art Therapy" is the concept from Dr. Stangline that combines all creative fields in therapy. It is not the traditional "art therapy" but goes beyond to include sand tray therapy, play therapy, mindfulness, meditation, color therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and a vast majority of other therapies.
For any other type of mental health emergency call your local 911 / Police Number immediately.
Dr. Stangline does not offer advice / suggestions to anyone who is not a professional mental health provider, or a student who is studying this field and has questions about mental health programs of study.
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