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TOYS: tools of the trade

Here’s a list I complied from many play therapy resources of what toys to include in a play therapy room.  It’s also a great list for home play rooms too!  

Books on Play Therapy

Want to learn more about play therapy?  Here are some of my favorite resources … Widgets    Dibs: In Search of Self,   by Virginia Axline Play Therapy,  by Virginia Axline The Child’s Discovery of Himself,  by Clark Moustakas Psychotherapy

Basic Principles of Child-Centered Play Therapy (Axline)

These principles are directly quoted from Virginia Axline (1969) Play Therapy. They are the long-standing essentials of non-directive play therapy, however the word “therapist” in each statement could easily be changed to “parent” or “teacher” to help children grow to be psychological

The Leaves of Change: Coffee Filter Fall Leaves

We had tons of fun creating this project.  From start to finish we worked on it together … and discussed the changes that were occurring in our life as a family … as well as the changing of the season around
Sunrise over Lake Huron

54321 Relaxation Technique

For most of us, it is the start of a brand new year.  School is starting and bringing lots changes for many of us.  New schools, new grades, new teachers, new friends, new schedules, new expectations. New and change = increased

Rock Stacking Challenge

I’ve seen this idea lots of places … and I finally had the opportunity to challenge the kids to this activity while we were on vacation last week. With Honor, my 2 year old, I showed her a simple example and

Squishy Stress Balls

I first found the idea for making stress balls here …Kids Color Activities from Quirky Momma… because Quirky Momma had a link to here …Playdough Filled Balloons… which directed me to this “original” source, here ….Wacky Sacks These are so super

Classic “Board” Games to Play with Three-Year Olds … and WHY

Three is the PERFECT age to start game play. (note: by age, I mean developmental age … which is sometimes not the chronological age of the child due to delays of all sorts). At 3, language is usually pretty well developed;

Why Play?

Well … there’s many reasons.  And I hope this blog helps to share why it’s so important. For my first post, I want to share a bit about my foundation of belief in the power of play.  To do so, I