Play Therapy & Art Therapy 
Stress Reduction Activity

Help your play therapy and art therapy clients get rid of stress with this fun activity! It only takes a moment to get it set up!

Stress Reduction Play Therapy and Art Therapy Activity: Stress Free Confetti

It is often helpful to get play therapy, or art therapy, clients to do something productive with their hands such as knitting, sewing, or building something.

When we work with our hands we calm down and go into an almost meditative state of mind. This creates an immediate stress reduction state of mind and is fantastic for play therapy and art therapy clients.

When a play therapy, or art therapy, client comes to me and is showing signs of stress or anxiety I ask them if they would like to make some “Stress Free Confetti”.

The simple act of making confetti calms a play therapy / art therapy client (and therapist) down and teaches a skill that can be emulated at home with little skill or effort. However, the effects and stress reduction are worth the minimal effort.

Materials for Stress Free Confetti Play Therapy / Art Therapy Technique:

The graphic above can be used to make confetti by taking a hole puncher to the colorful circles.

Decorative Hole Punch (One or several)

Regular Hole Punch, or Three Hole Punch

Construction or Thick Type of Colored Paper

Decorative Wrapping Paper


Glitter (Color of Choice or Assorted)

Assorted Colored Tissue Paper

(Optional) Flower Petals

Directions For Stress Reduction Play Therapy / Art Therapy Technique:

1. Take the assorted colored paper and hole punch different shapes or the colorful graphic above.

2. Cut up several small pieces of the colored paper. Add to the different shapes from the hole punch.

3. Take the tissue paper and tear off tiny bits. Add to the items above. Put in a plastic bag.

4. Once you have combined and shaken the above items in the bag add the glitter and flower petals. The flower petals will dry naturally in the bag.

5. Give your play therapy / art therapy client some extra paper to take home to cut or tear. When they get stressed out they can make more “Stress Free Confetti” and learn some valuable stress reduction skills in play therapy and art therapy.

Extensions For More Stress Reduction in play therapy / art therapy: See “Stress Free Confetti Balloons” and “Sweet Dream Confetti.” 

Stress Free Confetti to Make Your Own Play Therapy Tools 

Stress Free Confetti to Message In A Bottle Balloon 

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*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.

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