Try this activity at your school or private practice for your play therapy clients, or students. You will be amazed at how well this works with kids!
I keep a basket of pom pom balls for my play therapy clients and students to take at whim. I usually read the “Warm Fuzzy” story first.
Warm Fuzzies are little balls of “pure love” that help children, adolescents, teens, and even adults get through tough times.
Some students sleep with these balls under their pillows, or carry some in their pocket when they need a little extra love.
Even adults go crazy over these little puff balls. I give them to stressed out teachers and parents too!
I also used to be known as the “Warm Fuzzy Counselor” at one of my schools.
This play therapy activity is also useful for students with separation anxiety. I tell the child with separation anxiety that I will give them a Warm Fuzzy if they come to school each morning.
This has worked for every child with separation anxiety except one. Kids and teens would come in just to ask me for a Warm Fuzzy.
Many conversations and check ins have happened due to someone asking for a Warm Fuzzy.
It became a cultural phenomenon where I worked as a school counselor. I will always have a basket of Warm Fuzzies for my students and play therapy clients to keep.
Materials for Play Therapy Activity Warm Fuzzies: 1 basket of pom pom balls (Assorted sizes and colors)
Directions for Play Therapy Activity Warm Fuzzies:
1. Read the “Warm Fuzzy” story below with the play therapy client or student.
2. After reading the story gives a few “warm fuzzies” to the play therapy client to keep.
The Story of Warm Fuzzies
Once upon a time there was a lovely place called “Warm Fuzzy Land “In this land people felt free to give warm fuzziest to one another.
Warm Fuzzies were little balls of pure love that made everyone feel good all over. Back in the day, all you had to do was ask for a Warm Fuzzy.
People would reach into their pocket and grab a handful of Warm Fuzzies and give them to you. Everyone was generous and there was never a shortage of Warm Fuzzy feelings to go around.
Everyone felt safe and loved and made everyone else feel safe and loved.
But one day a wicked elf showed up in the Land of Warm Fuzzies. When people began to give him Warm Fuzzies he did not like it.
They were the opposite of what he kept in his pocket, the mean cold prickles.
He began telling people that there was a huge shortage of Warm Fuzzies and they needed to hoard them. Well, people stopped giving away their Warm Fuzzies and hid them away or locked them up.
They stopped carrying them around in their pocket too.
Soon, the entire land was angry and sad. People started to be mean to each other and say hateful things.
They began to bully, yell, and become angry with one another. They hid in their houses and did not come out. The Land of Warm Fuzzies was renamed the Land of Cold Prickly.
One day a sad little boy was bored and began looking around the attic for something to play with. He stumbled upon a box of Warm Fuzzies that had been hidden for many years.
When he opened up the box he felt feelings of love, kindness, and warmth. He took the box to school with him the next day.
He gave a Warm Fuzzy to all the children in the school. They in turn took the Warm Fuzzy home and gave it to their parents. The parents remembered the boxes of Warm Fuzzies they had put away in their attics.
They all brought the boxes downstairs and opened them. The love, warmth, and kindness was so immense that the Land of Cold Prickles became the Land of Warm Fuzzies once again.
Everyone lived happily ever after and never gave up their Warm Fuzzies again!
Story Modified / Source Unknown
My wish is that you will find the benefits of play therapy either as a trained professional play therapist, or play therapy client!
I truly hope that Creative Counseling 101 can open the creative doors for your practice with clients!
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.
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