Each activity in this book lists what issues it is designed to
address, the purpose of the activity, the materials needed,
and how to do the activity. The issues might be readily
observable in some children and not apparent at all in
others; however, the activities will be helpful for most chil-
dren in today’s complex world. The activities do not
recommend ages but instead rely on your judgment. In
general, most activities are appropriate for ages three to
ten; however, a child’s developmental stage is often a better
guide to whether an activity is appropriate and develop-
mental stages do not always correspond with expected ages.
Select the healing activities that you sense will best
match the needs, skills, and interests of the children you
care for, regardless of age or grade. No one in your school or
center knows and understands these children better than
you do. Trust your experience and intuition.
Play is a learning tool for children everywhere and is
appropriate for elementary and preschool classrooms.
Consider the needs and interests of the children you care for
and choose the hands-on learning activity that best matches
those needs, particularly their emotional and developmen-
The subjects or topics of some play or hands-on
activities could easily become the format or outline for a
creative writing activity for older children who prefer
literary exercises. Feel free to make adaptations that will
best suit the children you care for.