Play therapy relies on a client’s own interests. As a result it is carried out at their own pace. This proves worthwhile for psychologists in building connection. This is helpful when the purpose in mind is to help clients resolve issues and grow. Below we’ll look at the most popular types of this therapy. Read on to find the best toys to assist with healthy growth.

Play therapy toys for psychologists vary in type. These usually fall into the categories of real life, creative, and directive.

Real-Life Play Therapy

This type of play allows clients to act out real life situations in a safe place. It can be used to set limits with the client. Additionally, it can allow for growth in a range of areas. This includes control, clarity, social skills and empathy. Toys include:

Play kitchens and food



Play money


Creative Play Therapy

This helps with showing a range of feelings, wants and needs. Sometimes even in a cryptic, non-verbal way. It helps with release and growth in a range of areas. This includes clarity, self-esteem, identity and social skills. Toys include:

Arts and Crafts Supplies



Handmade Wooden Bow and Arrow


Directive Play Therapy

This involves games with clear rules. It can be more suited to some clients and/or sessions. Toys include:

Therapeutic games   

Family games 




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