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Inner Critters™ Set 1

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Inner Critters™ Set 1

Step into a world of whimsy with the Inner Critters Printable Card Deck – a collection of 55 projective animal cards designed to spark insights for children and teens in therapy.

Meet the Inner Critters– whimsical creatures who inhabit our inner world!

Set One of this projective card deck features 55 engaging animal cards, each representing different emotions, inner parts, or situations.

The engaging animal imagery sparks playful projection, helping kids express emotions, explore their inner parts, and craft expressive stories.

It’s like opening a magical door to self-discovery. Kids can connect to the captivating critters while gently exploring their own inner world.

Great for counseling approaches like Internal Family Systems®️, Play Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapies, Sandtray Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Add a dash of whimsy to your therapeutic toolkit with Inner Critters– where whimsy meets self-discovery!

What's Included

Printable Inner Critter Cards

Get a printable deck of 55 cards, each featuring vividly illustrated animals that represent a range of emotions, inner parts, or situations. From Creative Power Pegasus to Schooltime T-Rex, kids love these captivating critters.

The back of each Inner Critters card is intentionally left blank, allowing you the flexibility to customize them for your clients. You can write affirmations, coping skills, notes, or something else on the blank side of the cards to target specific therapy goals. Having this open space makes the Inner Critters even more adaptable to each child's unique needs and your own therapeutic approach.

Cards are standard playing card size (2.5 inches x 3.5 inches) and are formatted 8 cards to a page for easy printing on cardstock.

Inner Critter projective card deck for child counseling therapy activity


With the CritterDex card index, referencing each of the 55 animal characters becomes a breeze. No more hunting for the right critter; it's all at your fingertips!

CritterDex- Index of 55 projective Inner Critter Cards

Therapist Guide

Our 7-page guide is full of ideas and inspiration. It includes 30 prompts to seamlessly integrate the Inner Critter deck into your child and teen counseling sessions. (These are the same prompts that are included in Set Two.)

7 page therapist guide with 30 prompts to use in counseling sessions

Consultation: Jennifer Archable, Child Light Therapies

Title Design: Ashley Bruce

Illustrations: Kim Lange with Midjourney

This is an instant digital download. You will not receive a physical product in the mail. Upon purchase, you'll receive immediate access to the files, allowing you to print and use the activity right away. No need to wait for shipping or delivery—everything you need is at your fingertips.

You will get a ZIP (27MB) file

Please Note

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Return Policy

Due to the nature of digital products being immediately accessible upon purchase, we do not allow for returns or refunds.


These resources have been created and curated by Kim Lange, LCMHC & Emotionanigans, LLC as a supplement to therapy with a qualified counseling professional with appropriate training and experience. Nothing in the resources constitutes medical advice. You understand and agree that these resources are not a replacement for professional therapy and that purchasing or otherwise obtaining them does not establish a therapist-client relationship. You further acknowledge and agree that these resources are not a replacement for appropriate training and clinical supervision, and purchasing them does not establish a therapist-supervisor relationship. You agree not to practice outside your scope of competency and to defer to your professional judgment in utilizing these resources.