Play Therapy Themes


If you’re wondering how play therapists choose their toys, it’s according to these Play Therapy Themes.

It doesn’t matter how many toys you have, but that you have toy in each category. This gives your child a wide toy choice so that they can express what they need to. If you watch carefully, you might also start to notice different play themes coming out in your child’s play. Look for one of these:

Power and Aggression Themes

Good Guy vs. Bad Guy

Aggressor-Victim (Child as Aggressor or Victim)

Generalized Aggression

Dying/Death

Devouring

Power Overcoming Weakness

Seeking Power/Authority/Wisdom

 

Family Relationship and Nurturance Themes

Constancy

Togetherness/Separation

Nurturing Others

Self-Nurturance

Failed Nurturance

Self-Neglect or Punishment

Lack of Attachment/Detachment

Parent/Caregiver-Child

Regression

Exits and Entrances to Family System

Control and Safety Themes

Danger

Rescue

Escape

Fire/Disasters

Burying or Drowning

Broken/Sick/Hurt

Fixing/Repairing/Doctoring

Cleaning

Messing

Sorting

Containing

Protecting

Controlling

Refusal/Inaction

Manipulation

Exploration and Mastery Themes

Sensory/Environment Exploration

Mastery/Competence

Cheating/Winning

Creativity

 

Interaction Themes

Building Relationship With Adult

General Positive Interactions

General Negative Interactions

Boredom

Acceptance/Rejection

 

Sexualized Play

Sexual Activities

Sexual Behaviors Directed at Adult

Sexual Curiosity

There is so much when it comes to playing. It’s the beginning of a whole new world. Enjoy it, watch carefully and learn about your kiddo!