Pam Dyson, MA, LPC, RPT
 July 2011
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Pam Dyson, MA, LPC

Pam Dyson, MA, LPC, RPT


               Feelings Pick-Up-Sticks  


In my work as a play therapist I use traditional games that children and families are familiar with. Inspired by my colleagues I often adapt them so they have therapeutic value. Most of the games are affordable and easy to find so I suggest parents purchase one or two and play them at home with their children. It's a fun way for them to spend time together and it's an opportunity for parents to encourage their children to talk about feelings.  


One of those games is Feelings Pick-Up-Sticks.  


Children are very visual so when it's time to talk about feelings it's helpful to assign a color to a specific feeling word. For this particular version of Pick-Up-Sticks you can use the following color code or you can create your own. 



Yellow - Happy   Blue -   Sad

Red -    Angry    Green - Scared   

Black - Lonely 


One player holds the sticks in their fist and drops them onto the table. Players take turns picking up a stick without moving any of the other sticks. Each time a stick is removed from the pile the player shares a time they experienced the feeling that's associated with the color of the stick.  

Young children may find removing a stick difficult.  they could play the game by sorting the sticks by color and then sharing experiences connected to the different feelings.
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