When I teach play therapy to graduate students part of they are required to make a play therapy puppet theater and play therapy puppets. They also have to come up with a play therapy puppet script and perform a puppet play.
The criteria is that they have to make their own play therapy puppets, play therapy puppet theater, and play therapy script.
This is not an easy task I assure you and I get a lot of complaints about it. I have never understood this as I would much prefer making a play therapy puppet and play therapy puppet theater to writing an extensive research paper.
However, what my play therapy students walk away is more than a play therapy puppet and puppet theater. They gain the ability to build their creative skills which they will need when they are a play therapist.
This beautiful play therapy puppet theater was made out of a wooden frame. It was painted and glitter was placed on it. The students also put flowers on it. They know I like flowers and often try to get a higher grade by doing this.
The below play therapy puppet theater was made with wood and cut out. The wood the student used was thin. The goal is to make the play therapy puppet theater light enough that if it does fall on a child they will not get hurt.
You will also need to place a board or blocks to keep the puppet theater upright.
Now this play therapy puppet theater was created by adding colored paper and butcher paper to a box. I like this idea because it can be fun to make a play therapy puppet theater with you client.
Not only is the building process a therapeutic one, the client can take home the puppet theater and practice what was learned in play therapy.
When we make things in play therapy such as the play therapy puppet theater, the clients love it! This is called a "make and take" item.
When the child gets in the car and the parent asks, "What did you do in therapy today?" The child not only has a visual to show the parent, but can reenact the play therapy session.
Parents of your play therapy clients will love this!!!
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"Beyond Art Therapy" is the concept from Dr. Stangline that combines all creative fields in therapy. It is not the traditional "art therapy" but goes beyond to include sand tray therapy, play therapy, mindfulness, meditation, color therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and a vast majority of other therapies.
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