Play Therapy: Puppet Theatre with Play Therapy Puppets

by Tanya Tucker
(Play Therapy Student for Play Therapy Class)

Play Therapy: Puppet Theatre with Play Therapy Puppets

Play Therapy: Puppet Theatre with Play Therapy Puppets

I really enjoyed creating my Play Therapy Puppet Theatre. As a child I remember anytime I saw a puppet I felt eager to create a fantasy story. This activity allowed me to once again reconnect with my inner child.
To begin I went to a craft store and bought a tri-fold board. It was solid black. At the same time I purchased a half yard of matching fabric that I could use for the curtain. I then got some hot pink pain that would make the fabric colors pop. I randomly taped lines on the board making some thin and others larger. I think painted the pink over the board creating a stripped pattern of hot pink and black. The board absorbed much of the paint so I had to do three coats. After drying I used a razor blade to cut out the center to make the stage for the theatre. I then cut the fabric into two equal pieces and stapled then to the back of the board. The theatre was complete.
Next I wrote the script. I decided to target the bullying subject within late elementary students and early middle school. The play is about a new student, Pippa the Pig, who starts school because her father’s job has made the family transfer. Another student, Frank the Frog, is mean and unwelcoming of Pippa. Carrie the Cat, befriends Pippa and helps her realize not everyone is mean and unfriendly.
To create each of these puppets I used a paper bag. I found printouts on the internet which was very helpful for my un-crafty hand. After coloring, cutting and pasting my puppets were complete. The show was ready to go on.

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