List of Play Therapy Toys For Use in Play Therapy

Below you will see one of the play therapy rooms I used to have as a school counselor. Many of the play therapy toys, including the play therapy doll house, and play therapy puppet show are home made. You do not need to buy a lot of toys for play therapy! 

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 List

Homemade Puppets (Some purchased puppets), & Homemade Puppet Theater

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

Play Therapy 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 Therapy Toys & Miniatures

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 Therapy:

(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.)

More Play Therapy Toys List:






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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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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