Putting together a play therapy room or a play therapy kit is part of the fun of being a play therapist and working with kids. And since I’m a mom too, I can use all of these to put together my own kid’s room. I’ve seen a lot of great ideas, many inexpensive, for use in a play therapy room, and I wanted to share some of these ideas with you. If you have any other suggestions or links, please share with the rest of us!
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Sand Trays and Sensory Tables
DIY Sand Tray from IKEA nightstand! Blogger says:
This cute DIY sensory table was made from an IKEA nightstand turned upside down with one of the shelves taken out and a bin inserted in its place. Just fill the bin up with sand, beans, water or anything else you can think of for a (somewhat) contained way for your child to play with otherwise messy items.
I’m in love with this sand tray room!! I just think it looks beautiful, clean, and inviting.
Real Life Play
A DIY medical kit from items around your home. Another idea for an inexpensive tool in therapy!
A crafty idea to turn an old entertainment center into a play kitchen.
This picture shows clothes hung on a ladder, but I think this would be great in a play therapy room to display dress-up clothes; it would take up less space than some of the other clothing racks I’ve seen!
Puppet Theaters and Puppets
This puppet theater was made from an old bookshelf.
This theater is made from a foam board and will take up less space and is more portable.
Art and Creativity Centers
A chalkboard on the wall or behind the door is a good spot for drawing that doesn’t take up much space.
If you have the room in your play therapy room or child’s room, a teepee would be a great addition and is simple to make. Any kid would feel safe and secure in this small space, yet it is still open enough so they are not hidden from your sight (if you are in a play therapy room).
Organization and Display
This is about the size of most playrooms, and I like the arrangement of the toys. Click to read the entire blog post, which is all about organizing and worth the read!