Who would have thought that the colourful malleable tub of play-doh could produce such creativity and offer therapeutic insight and learning?! It never fails – add play-doh and see a mixture of smiles, excitement and trepidation – (what’s she going to ask us to do?!) and the results are amazing. Anxiety levels drop, participants focus, reflect and create, there’s great communication and group work process when the results are shared and explained.
It’s tactile, responsive and can be made into anything. It also means you have to think, and find things that you can make.
When we ask the question- make something that represents safety to you? What would you think about making? Safety and a feeling of safety is a theoretical concept, but when you break it down and say – what makes me feel safe? It allows you to explore your experiences and identify the things around you that you instinctively and sometimes unconsciously need. Your bed, house, cat, husband, telephone, MP3player, car are slowly and carefully made out of the neon putty. Around the table other shapes are taking shape and people explain their own creations. You learn something about yourself and the people around you. A visual insight into our inner working, a fab colourful tool to help us recognise we are all our own experts in what we need to make us safe and secure.