Who was able to join Amy and Keri for the Blobs and Pipe Cleaners: Play Your Way to Emotional Literacy session at the KCA Conference this month?
Even if you weren’t at the conference session, if you are looking for inexpensive therapy tools, you can’t get much more simple than pipe cleaners and paper clips!
At the conference, Keri promised a tutorial on the pipe cleaner people, so here it is!
1. Find the center of your pipe cleaner by folding it in half. Place the paper clip in the center.
2. Fold the left side of the pipe cleaner over the paper clip to the right, and the right side over to the left.
3. Next, make the arms! On each side, bend the pipe cleaner around an inch away from the paper clip.
4. Wrap each end 2-3 times around the paper clip to form the body and legs.
5. Shape your person. Twist the arms a few times to better hold them in place, then bend elbow creases.
Also make bends for hips, knees, and feet.
6. Add emotion faces. This example uses back to back stickers. You can also use a large round paper punch and your favorite emotion faces handouts, or draw your own.
- Try stacking multiple emotion faces in the paper clip to emphasize how emotions coexist, or to emphasize experienced emotions vs. expressed emotions.
- Use pipe cleaner people to do family sculptures and allow your client to put the family dynamics into a scene.
Be creative and have fun with it!
What ideas do you have to use pipe cleaner people in your sessions? We’d love for you to share!