by Stacy Wallace
(Play Therapy Student for Play Therapy Class)
Play Therapy Game - Feelings Hopscotch
Thinking about creating a play therapy game is overwhelming, but it was fun. Elementary students often have difficulty identifying and expressing feelings. I like to do active projects with students and love to take them outside. Feelings hopscotch incorporates both. Using sidewalk chalk draw a hopscotch pattern on the sidewalk and write a feeling inside. Have the student throw a rock to a hopscotch space and name a time when he/she felt the feeling written in the hopscotch space. If it's raining outside, this activity can be done on a piece of paper with a pebble or a dice.
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