The play therapy client will build a miniature world based on the circus characters below. The play therapy client will identify with the circus animals that have been chosen to create the miniature world.
This is another way to use play therapy miniatures, or paper doll cut outs, and create the personal inner world of the psyche. I find it interesting to see the play therapy client's perspective on life when they compare it to a circus.
You will find more play therapy miniature worlds on the links below. Try to use different miniature worlds over time with your play therapy clients to gain more information to the client's inner world.
Play Therapy Miniature World Materials:
Paper doll cutouts of the circus or plastic circus animals
Cleaned and empty 1 gallon milk jug (with the center front cut out
Markers Scissors Glue Glitter Faux Gems
*Other items found at the circus: peanuts, popcorn, feathers, etc.
Directions for Play Therapy Miniature World:
1. Using a one gallon milk jug with the front / center cut out have the client create a world that represents what circus life would look like to them.
Keep the back part of the milk jug to create a background or backdrop.
2. The play therapy client can cut out the paper dolls below or use plastic circus miniatures or animals to help create their circus world.
3. The play therapy client can also decorate the world using additional art materials such as glitter, faux gems, feathers, etc.
4. After the play therapy client has completed their world ask them to identify with each of the circus animals, people, or things in the world.
5. Ask these questions based on what characters the play therapy client put into their circus world. Who is the ring leader?
Questions to Play Therapy Client for Play Therapy Miniature World:
Who is the tiger, lion, elephant, seal, clown, strong lady or man, contortionist, jester, tight rope walker, acrobat, etc.?
Who is happy? Unhappy? What makes this play therapy world work?
What brings problems to this play therapy world?
Who needs to stay in this world? Who needs to leave this world? Does anything need to be added to this world?
6. Relate the play therapy circus world to the real world of the client. The play therapy client can take this world home as a reminder of all of the thoughts and ideas that were processed in the session.
My wish is that you will find the benefits of play therapy either as a trained professional play therapist, or play therapy client!
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*If you ignore the disclaimer above are using these techniques on yourself and you feel any discomfort or upset it is highly suggested that you seek out a licensed mental health professional immediately.
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