Using Jenga in Play Therapy

Using Jenga in Play Therapy

for rapport-building

Why use Jenga?

Jenga is a popular rapport-building game in Play Therapy. Jenga can be used with ages 6 and up. In therapy, Jenga can be great for clients that don’t feel comfortable talking or are maybe anxious about coming to therapy.

Continue reading to find out how to sign up and receive THREE free lists of questions provided to you to start using Jenga in therapy sessions today!

What you need:

  • Jenga Blocks
  • Sharpies (assorted colors optional) 
  • Paper and Pen for lists

Directions:

Using the sharpies, number your Jenga blocks (on each end) from 1-45. There are 54 Jenga pieces, so there will be 9 blank blocks.
To use Jenga by emotion, color the blocks in sets of 9 to represent 5 different emotions in total (unless you don’t want to use blanks- then you’d have 6 emotions).
Example: 9 blocks are red to symbolize anger, 9 blocks are blue to symbolize sad, etc.

To Play:

Take turns choosing one block at a time and answering the corresponding questions. After the question is answered, place the block on top of the tower. Continue until the tower falls. 

Why have blank blocks?

Blank blocks allow the child the ability to come up with his or her own question to ask the therapist. Take note of what the child is asking, or if the child has a hard time coming up with a question. Say to the child, she/he can ask anything they want to! Examples could be, “What’s your favorite food?” “What’s the last song you heard?” “Where do you like to go on vacation?” etc.!

Why number them?

Numbering the Jenga blocks allows the therapist that ability to use new lists of questions depending on the situation. Lists can be created by subject, age group, and stages in therapy. For example, a Termination List might include questions like, “Fill in the blank: One thing I learned from therapy is ___”.

Why number them in different colors?

By numbering the blocks in sets of colors, the therapist (or child) can assign each color an emotion and state a time he/she felt the emotion of the color block chosen. It’s also an alternative way to provide a response if the question on the list has already been answered.

Get Your Free Lists

For example lists, please fill out your information here and I will send you THREE free lists I use in therapy! Lists include: Basic Rapport Building, Self-esteem, and Teens!

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Rachel
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Jenga is such a classic. Love it! Thanks for sharing lists too! 👍

Lynn Louise Wonders
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I use Jenga all the time in my play room! So good for so many reasons! Great article!

Rachel
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Rachel

I liked the idea, but I couldn’t download the lists. It said to enter your email but there was no box for me to do so. Did anyone else have this issue?

Jill E Catlin
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Jill E Catlin

I had the same problem!!

Rose LaPiere
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Rose LaPiere

love it, I am on the hunt for dollar store mini jenga

Kim Martinez
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I love this and have always used it for my first session with my clients.

Qiana
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Qiana

Hi I tried to enter my email to download the list but there is not a box to do so.

Laura
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Laura

Hi Qiana, that’s strange! I went ahead and sent them to you. Please let me know if it’s still giving you any trouble.

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