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The Want to Play range: Therapeutic tools


The ‘Want to play range’ has been developed locally, focusing on local circumstances. The need for the development of therapeutic supportive tools was clear when a research study was done. Tools from this range, was not based on international tools, but have been developed for therapists in the South African context.  Even though these tools have been developed in SA it has been successfully used internationally. 

Elmari Botha is a sole producer of the Want to Play range. These tools are interactive and give children from all cultures the opportunity to express their feelings in a non-threatening natural way.

The Want to play board game has been made available in the following languages English, Afrikaans, South Sotho, Xhosa and Zulu.An article on the board game, a qualitative assessment tool for therapy, was published in the Psychology Journal of South Africa in June 2009. This board game has been utilised by Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Play Therapists, Social workers and Counsellors since 2006.

Considering all the above the “Want to play range” could be successfully used all over the world, since the tools and games have been:

  • Developed for various cultures.
  • Focus on holistic approach.
  • Can be used continuously.
  • Children have fun.
  • Interaction takes place and senses are incorporated.
  • Encourages interaction between child and therapist.
  • Non-verbal children can express their emotions and use tools to communicate.

“Play is the royal road to the child’s conscious and unconscious inner world; if we want to understand his inner world and help him with it, we must learn to walk this road!” Bettelheim (1987:35)