Collecting toys and games for Therapeutic Life Story Work

Every practitioner will be building up their own resources for use with children and their carers. Play informs this work, so it’s necessary to have a range of items available, suitable for different ages. Not that one need be ageist about this: there is, after all, a child within each of us… One of my favourite stores in Australia is K-Mart, since the variety is not only wide but generally inexpensive. Also, there’s plenty of pieces made from wood, which are a joy to handle. Here’s a very small selection I purchased just the other day, six items for $12.

Toys for TLSW
A range of small items for playful and engaging activities.

And here’s my favourite: a blow-up pink pig. You insert the included blow-pipe and, well, blow until desired size is reached. But beware: I got a little carried away and soon after this photo was taken my pink pig EXPLODED. [No one was hurt, apart from Pink Pig.]

Big Pink Pig
A blow-up pink pig.

Author: john pitt

Social worker/creative

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