Lego-loving kids will enjoy this brick-building, interactive play therapy game. This game introduces Lego as a coping mechanism, a communication tool, and a way to connect with others. Kids can learn and grow while engaging in their favorite pastimes.
Play is a powerful healing tool, as it is the language of children. Children learn to overcome challenges, regulate emotions, communicate, and to process situations while engaging in play. This game uses a directive approach to play therapy by giving prompts, challenges, and asking questions. The prompts address anxiety, interests, goals, and ways to connect with others.
This game is a little different than most of our others, as it is not focused on cognitive behavioral therapy. This game was intended to foster a connection between children and caregivers to increase positive interactions. Directive play allows the family to play together and communicate in a way that is comfortable for the child and sets the family up for positive experiences.
This game can also be used in individual and group counseling to help children gain positive experiences with those outside their families. Focus on the Legos can reduce anxiety and give kids a sense of strength in a situation that may otherwise be full of anxiety. By building on strengths, kids can gain a sense of hope and accomplishment which will encourage them to keep trying and growing.
There are eight categories of cards, each focusing on a different way to connect, process or communicate emotions, and use storytelling as a mechanism of change.
- Emotional Identification: Kids will show how they look when they feel various emotions to help them better identify emotions and grow in their ability to communicate them.
- Brick Building: What's a Lego game without building things? These cards provide prompts to create something with Legos. This can provide a creative outlet, a way to show loved one's their brick-building skills, and a way to engage with others in a meaningful, playful way.
- Home Life: Kids will be able to identify support figures, expectations in the home, and some roles of family members. This can give insight into family functioning and needs.
- Going Places: The Lego car cards focus on desires outside of the home.
- Lego Superheroes: Superheroes can be used in many ways to process emotions, trauma, and to help kids find strength from within. Kids will identify the types of powers they would want to have, how they would use them, and if they have an identified enemy.
- Storytelling: Kids often process trauma, desires, and struggles through storytelling. They are able to discuss and process inward battles and find ways to overcome difficulties by telling stories. Many cards are story prompts to generate creative exploration.
- Vehicles of Change: Players will identify and process fears as well as ways to overcome fears with these cards. The prompts will challenge kids to discuss what they want to change and overcome as well as consider things they can do to make changes.
- What's in the Box?: Understanding how a kid is wired to help with working on a plan of action to address emotional difficulties. Is the child impulsive with a short attention span? Is the child an over-thinker and motivated to have control over his space? These questions help kids identify motivations and needs.
1 Cover sheet with instructions
4 Sheets of cards, front and back (48 cards)
You will receive a PDF download. Set printer to print on both sides. Print on cardstock.
A printed version of this game is also available.