Jenga Play Therapy Technique

Jenga Play Therapy Technique

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Jenga play therapy technique is a great way to strengthen a parent child relationship. If you are a family therapist who uses art therapy for children, you will find this technique helpful. It helps manage the anxiety symptoms in children as they experience the effects of divorce. Children usually really enjoy the game. It is also a way to create a lot of constructive material such as forming new goals for treatment.

GOAL

The therapeutic goal of this technique is to get the child to open up about feelings and beliefs associated with the parent’s divorce. It is meant to be a release and a way to make sure that negative beliefs are not forming.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR JENGA PLAY THERAPY TECHNIQUE

Jenga is a game played by stacking wood blocks into a tower before you start. Each player takes a turn removing a block without knocking the tower down. The first player to knock down the tower loses.

When using blocks for this Jenga play therapy technique, you will first want to use a black marker to number the Jenga blocks. Next, create a numbered-list of questions (starting with 1) that will facilitate conversation about the child’s family divorce-situation. Make sure to mix in some silly questions to get the giggles going.

Have each player take turns pulling a wood block from the tower, reading the question and answering aloud.

If you don’t own Jenga blocks, you can find some reasonably priced on Amazon.

SAMPLE QUESTIONS:

  1. What’s it like to live with your mom?
  2. What’s it like to live with your dad?
  3. Are there things that make you sad?
  4. Do you ever get mad?
  5. What makes you worried?
  6. What do you think about divorce?
  7. I think that marriage is…
  8. Would you ever want to get married?
  9. What do you wish you could tell your mom?
  10. What do you wish you could tell your dad?
  11. If you had three wishes what would they be?
  12. Who can you talk to when you feel sad or mad?
  13. What cheers you up when you are feeling sad or mad?
  14. Why do you think your mom and dad got divorced?
  15. What do you get sad about?
  16. What makes you happy?
  17. My family is….
  18. I love….
  19. The best thing about my family is…
  20. My favorite part about myself is…
  21. Nobody knows that I…
  22. When I get upset I …
  23. Stick out your tongue
  24. Give a high five
  25. Run around the room saying quack, quack, quack!
  26. Rub your tummy and pat your head at the same time
  27. Yell, “I am awesome!”
  28. Do 3 jumping jacks
  29. Spin around on your bottom
  30. Ask anything you want!

Contributor (Jenga play therapy technique): Katie Brooks, LCSW from GoodTherapySanDiego.Com, located in Encinitas, CA. Hi there! We are passionate Board Certified Therapists interested in helping you and your family manage overwhelming feelings, make sense out of anxious and depressed states, transform unhealthy coping mechanisms, uncover solutions to your problems, re-build the connection within your relationships, and guide effective planning for your future with loving kindnessHope and healing can begin now! 760-525-9565, [email protected]