Learn Different Ways To Make Play Therapy Miniature Worlds

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There are several different options to use when you show your play therapy client how to make a miniature play therapy world.

The easiest way is to use a paper plate and create the play therapy miniature world on top of it. Turn the paper plate upside down an it looks like an island.

I use the plate for Healing Garden, Private Island, and Jungle Play Therapy Miniature world. Make sure the plate is sturdy. I prefer the styrofoam paper plates.

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Pop-Up Book Play Therapy Miniature World

Another great way to create a play therapy miniature world is to make a pop-up book.

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I like to offer my clients different play therapy techniques using miniatures or clip art.

One way I do this is to use different perspectives and types of miniature play therapy worlds. One way you can create a unique world for your play therapy miniatures is to make a pop-up paper world.

I use oak tag board or poster board for client’s to create a play therapy miniature world. Use the directions below to create your own play therapy pop-up world.

Materials Needed for Play Therapy Pop-Up World:

1 11 X 14 Oak Tag Board or Poster Board

Colored Paper Assortment (for Pop-Ups)

Clip Art Miniatures

Directions for Pop-Up Miniature Play Therapy World:

1. Fold your board in half down the middle.

2. Draw three tabs that will “pop-up” onto the board (See pictures below).

3. Cut the drawn tags on the vertical lines to create the “pop-ups”.

4. When you open up the paper you will want to pull the “pop-ups” out.

5. Add personalized cut out pieces to your play therapy miniature world.

This play therapy pop-up world can be used with the miniature worlds found on the Creative Counselor 101.com website.

Try it with the below miniature worlds:

Under The Sea Play Therapy Miniature World

The Circus Miniature Play Therapy World

Personal Landscape Miniature World

Healing Garden Play Therapy Miniature World

Jungle Animal Play Therapy Miniature World

Personal Fairytale Play Therapy Miniature World

Candyland Play Therapy Miniature World

Personal Island Play Therapy Miniature World

All worlds can be found on the link Miniature Link below:

Link to Miniature Worlds


Triarama's are another great way to create play therapy miniature worlds. They give a 3-D experience to the play therapy miniature world. Below are the directions to create a triarama play therapy miniature world.

How to make a Triarama Play Therapy Miniature World:

Materials: 9 x 9 white construction paper or poster board scissors glue


1. Fold the top right corners of the square down to the lower left corners and repeat with the opposite corners.

2. Open and cut one folded line until you reach the center of the square.

3. Go ahead and draw your preferred background on the top half of the square.

4. Overlap

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You can create other play therapy miniature worlds by using a milk jug that is cut out with the handle part still used as a backing.

A pizza or cereal box is also a great way to make a play therapy miniature world.

Ways to Create Miniature Worlds to Creative Counseling 101.com Home

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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