Play Therapy Toys for Psychologists

Play therapy relies on a client’s own interests and natural curiosities, and is carried out at their own pace. This proves extremely effective for psychologists in prompting communication and building positive relationships, with the primary goal being to help clients prevent or resolve psycho-social difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development. Below we’ll look at the most prevalent types of this therapy and the best toy resources designed to assist with healthy development.

 

Real-Life and Nurturing Play Therapy

This type of play allows for the exploration of real life experiences in a safe environment and can be used to set limits with the client. Additionally, it can provide the opportunity for the development of self-control, self-understanding, social skills and empathy. Toys include:

Play kitchens and food

  • Le Toy Van Dinner Set
  • Le Toy Van Breakfast Tray
  • Le Toy Van Chocolate Cake 
Dolls

  • Sylvanian Families 
  • Haba Pure Nature Dolls
  • MiniMondos Soft Small Dolls
  •  K Kids Julia Doll 
  • Ragtale Fifi Plush
Animals
  • Folkmanis African Wildlife Playset
  • Djeco Cubanimo Animals
  • Tegu Travel Pals Whale
Vehicles 

  • Bigjigs Rail
  • Le Toy Van Airport Set
  • Tegu Travel Pals Jet Plane
  • Tegu Travel Pals Tugboat
Play money

  • A box of Big Money

 

Creative and Expressive Play Therapy

This allows for the expression of a wide range of feelings, wants and needs, oftentimes symbolically (without the need for verbalisation). It provides the opportunity for emotional release and the development of self-understanding, self esteem, identity and social skills. Toys include:

Arts and Crafts Supplies

       

Puppets

  • Folkmanis Animal Puppets
  • Galt First Finger Puppets Book
Handmade Wooden Bow and Arrow

 

Directive Play Therapy

This involves more structured activities with clearer instructions and can be more preferable for some clients and/or sessions. Toys include:

Therapeutic games   

  • A Penny for Your Thoughts
Family games 

  • WeDo Game
  • Totem Zen
  • ThinkFun Visual Brainstorms 
  • WordARound
  • Djeco Chess
Books

 

References

  • https://positivepsychology.com/play-therapy/
  • https://cpt.unt.edu/recommended-toy-list
  • https://www.childtherapytoys.com/blogs/news/what-are-the-must-have-toys-for-a-new-play-therapist-by-jennifer-taylor