Kids often get themselves in trouble when they are upset. Anger, frustration, and aggression are natural feelings when life doesn't our way. There's nothing wrong with these feelings, but the problem comes when our behaviors hurt ourselves or others. Or when we can't move out of the feelings and get stuck in that painful, negative state.
Kids needs ways to move forward when they are feeling big emotions like anger, frustration, and aggression. Play is an awesome way to release that energy without causing any trouble. When selecting toys for play therapy, I'm always on the hunt for toys to give an aggressive outlet, while keeping the small, indoor office space limitations in mind.
Of course, playing outside or playing sports are great outlets. But, as a therapist I am limited to a small indoor space when I'm working with kids. (I got my own 3 young kids a trampoline for this exact reason.)
These are some of my favorite toys to burn off pent up energy and prevent fighting or problems. Next time you see your kid rearing up to get explosive, try to redirect them into something playful and physical and see what happens!
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