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family in snow5 Tips to Get Outside With Your Kids in the Winter

January 14, 2016

Encourage families to have more positive family time and reduce stress this winter.  You don’t need to stay inside just because it’s winter, play can happen any time of year. Explore the outdoors with your family and get some together time! The Huffington Post has 5 tips to help families get outside and enjoy each other (play therapist’s and their families can benefit from these tips, as well).

snowflake photoMake Paper Snowflakes

January 14, 2016

This simple (to complex) craft can be fun for children to teens! Following directions, decision-making, creativity are all part of this activity. Play therapists can use the craft with a client, family, group or class to start a discussion about what makes each person, like each snowflake, the One and Only You! This wikipage has simple directions with video of the steps to create snowflakes. You can vary the fun by using colored paper, making 3-D snowflakes, or learning how to quill to create snowflakes.

boy in snow50 Winter Activities – Inside and Outdoors!

January 14, 2016

Todays Parent website compiled a variety of low or no cost winter time activities for family fun. You can invite parents or teachers to print out the list and check off the ones they decide to try.

Play Therapy Short Videos to Inform and Inspire

Play therapy is a form of counseling or psychotherapy by which licensed mental health professionals use play-based models and techniques to better communicate with and help clients, especially children, achieve optimal mental health.

VIEW and SHARE the ANDREW video!
View and share the link to an amusing 75-second Andrew video showing how play and play therapy is used to help children share what is important in their emotional worlds.
Be sure to share the Andrew video via social media with your family, friends, and others during
National Play Therapy Week!

Learn more about the rationale for and applications of play therapy by viewing Play Therapy Works! a three-minute video presentation on play therapy.

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