Play Therapy Idea: Snoopy Puppet Theater

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Play Therapy Idea: Snoopy Puppet Theater

Play Therapy Idea: Snoopy Puppet Theater

I wanted to make a play therapy puppet theater & puppets that would appeal to both boys and girls. Too much "fru-fru" tends to turn boys off, I know since I have three sons of my own. I feel like everyone likes the Peanuts Gang, so I chose to make a Snoopy Doghouse for the play therapy puppet stage. Other than a rectangle frame made from scrap wood we keep under our deck, the rest was totally made from cut cardboard.

I purchased spray paint, white electrical tape, 4 angle brackets, plus a white tablecloth from the dollar store for the curtain; therefore, all together my grand purchase cost was $9-10. The puppet clip art came from old calendars, which I mounted on colored card stock paper left over from previous projects.

I found a puppet script online which I thought would adapt well to the Peanuts Gang characters. It was meant for a Kindergarten - First Grade level, entitled, "How To Make Friends". I chose this script because it was somewhat interactive with the audience, it contained some humor, it utilized several characters, and it was also a very applicable topic for early elementary ages. Although there are many characters in the Peanuts Cartoons, I chose the main ones that most children could relate to.

I really enjoyed making this play therapy project. I used to be a Pre-School Director, and an elementary substitute teacher, so I felt like I was simply preparing another unit for a class : ) I have experienced how children relate to puppets in a classroom setting, much less in a counseling session. I can envision how watching and playing with puppets could spark a shy child to talk, or an angry child to vent. I plan to keep the play therapy stage and add more play therapy puppets.

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