Play Themes and Uses for Jumbo Cardboard Bricks
Last year I purchased the Melissa & Doug Deluxe Jumbo Cardboard Blocks for my son’s superhero-themed birthday party. Inspired from an idea on Pinterest, we created a wall out of the bricks and the children took turns destroying the wall wearing enormous Hulk Smash Fists. The activity was a huge hit, and I’ll always remember that party!
Witnessing how much the kids loved the jumbo bricks, I naturally had to bring them to my play therapy room, and I’m so glad I did! Imaginations took over with the new addition and children incorporated the bricks into their play and processing right away.
Uses for Jumbo Cardboard Bricks in the Play Therapy Room
The Wall (Good vs Bad): One school-aged child built a long wall and designated one side for good and one side for bad. The child remained on the good side for the remainder of the session as they proceeded to find sand tray characters to place one each side. And as it so happens, this child struggles with an immediate family member who alternates between yelling at them angrily and being nice to them.
The Fence/Protective Barrier (Protection): A school-aged child built an item out of Legos and built a wall on all four sides to protect it. This child is struggling with instability in their home life and moving between living spaces frequently.
Table (Empowerment): This child is a great inventor with a fascinating ability to create. Chess is a game they like to play with me to feel in control, yet connected to me. They wanted to remain on the floor, so there we had a table of bricks upon which to play chess.
House (Security, Nurturing, Family): This child is struggling with challenges at home and insecurity in the family unit. The child (with the request for my assistance) built four houses out of bricks. Some had rooftops as well.
Brick Wall (Protection, Aggression, Power, Skill-building): Many children build the brick wall and knock it down with their hands or throw other bricks at the wall. They are so light that they don’t damage anything or injure the child.