Our business is toys. More specifically, toys for play and child therapy. Surprisingly, there has been very little research done on which toys are best suited for child therapy. A recent study published in the International Journal of Play Therapy sought to determine which toys are most popular in child-centered play therapy. The researchers divided toys in the playroom into the following categories: Family/Nurturing, Expressive, Pretend/Fantasy, and Aggressive/Scary. The most popular items in the Family/Nurturing category were the sandbox, sand tools, kitchen, and the sink. In the Expressive category arts/crafts, paint, water, and the easel were the most frequently used. The Puppet Theater was the item most often used in the Pretend/Fantasy category, along with hats, dress-up clothes, and the doctors kit. The bop bag was the most popular Aggressive/Scary toy. The other top items in this category included big aggressive animals, hammer, and a log.
We’re happy to say that all these items can be found at www.childtherapytoys.com. To read the entire article see the International Journal of Play Therapy, Vol 22(1), Jan 2013, 43-57, or purchase the PDF at http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/pla/22/1/43.