Children often prefer homemade creations in the play therapy room. An old picture frame makes a great play therapy puppet theater. Make sure it is safe to use, is self-standing and will not fall on children.
Use your imagination and make sure the play therapy stage looks appealing to children. You may wish to include child friendly fabric for the curtains.
The Puppets in Play Therapy: Create play therapy puppets out of socks, paper, or materials for your puppets. Play Therapy Puppets can be made or store bought. Play Therapy Finger puppets may also be used. Again, make the play therapy puppet kid friendly! Marionettes may also be used.
See the play therapy puppet making activity for additional play therapy puppet making ideas.
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To date I have three play therapy puppet theaters. One is neutral (but it still sparkles). The second one is pink and is girly. The third one is "boy" oriented. I give my play therapy clients a choice of theaters to choose from.
Interesting Tidbit for Play Therapists:
For my six year old nieces birthday I gave her a homemade puppet theater with some store bought finger puppets. It was her favorite present, even more than the iPad. Now, that says something doesn't it!
My wish is that you will find the benefits of play therapy either as a trained professional play therapist, or play therapy client!
I truly hope that Creative Counseling 101 can open the creative doors for your practice with clients!
Disclaimer: This website and its content is intended for trained licensed mental health professionals and school certified mental health professionals to use for their clients / students at their own discretion.
*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.
"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.
For any other type of mental health emergency call your local 911 / Police Number immediately.
Dr. Stangline does not offer advice / suggestions to anyone who is not a professional mental health provider, or a student who is studying this field and has questions about mental health programs of study.
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