by Play Therapy Student
Feeling Cookie Play Therapy Activity from Grad Student
When I first learned about the play therapy feeling cookie activity, I thought it would be a great way for kids in play therapy to share their feelings and to take control of them. I also thought about my nephew and how he would not be able to have a feeling cookie unless it was allergen free. Ever since he was diagnosed with his food allergies, that is what I think about when preparing food for others.
This play therapy activity would be easily modified for him if the cookie was allergen free and then he wouldn't feel left out of the group either.
When I made my feeling cookie I loved how we made our own colors with food coloring! I thought it was important for me to pick how light or dark a certain color was by adding drops of food coloring. Then I got to decorate it with sprinkles which I love. I did think the cookie would be a bit bigger so we would have more room to decorate though. However, this is obviously hard to do with the economy and having to buy your own supplies.
My first play therapy cookie was a grief cookie where I thought about feelings of my sister. My second cookie was a true feelings cookie where I thought about what I did that day and how I felt.
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