Dot Art in Play Therapy

This is a piece of cardboard that is hung above the couch in my play therapy room.  It started as a plain, white piece of cardboard.  But slowly it is developing into a piece of art.  I am using it as an activity to begin sessions with my clients.  I give them a sheet of dot stickers and tell them that for each sticker they place on the board they need to tell me one thing.

It’s a great way to check in with the child to see how things are going at home, at school, and life in general.  Sometimes I give a more specific request … like for each pink sticker tell me a time you felt angry, for every yellow sticker a time you were happy, and for every green sticker a time you were sad.

I can’t wait to see how the collaborative art develops, changes, and becomes completely filled with stickers as my clients share bits of themselves with me.  (I plan to post updates as the project continues! so stay tuned!!!)

I could also see this as a great activity to do as a family … or with individual children.  It would also be great in group therapy.  Any size paper could be used for the activity … as well as any type or color of sticker.  It is a very adaptable, inexpensive, versatile project for any age.

I was inspired for for this dot art in play therapy from this post describing Yayoi Kusama amazing installation at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.

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Laura Hutchison

Laura Hutchison (aka PlayDrMom) is a chubby kid turned competitive figure skater tween turned high school pom pon girl turned MSU Spartan turned grad student turned Mrs. HutcH turned Dr. turned Mom. She adores living in the Mitten, is addicted to Diet Coke, and firmly believes that ice cream is a main food group.

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  1. Susan Case

    I love this! Thank you for sharing it.

  2. Kanchan Shine

    Love the idea!

  3. maggy, red ted art

    Brilliant what a wonderful post.

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  4. Shelley

    You could also use bingo dabbers! Great idea!

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