I recently got a new doll for my play therapy room, the Meebie Play Therapy Doll. I had doubts and it took me about a year after first hearing about it to finally make the purchase. Before placing eyes and hands on the MeebieI imagined it to be a little smaller, and it is such an odd looking doll I wondered if the kids would even be interested.
The truth is that the doll is a great size, and even a little heavy, which I love. It’s purple exterior feels both soft and silky. It’s wonderful! I even have one child patient who now carries Meebie to the exit of my office as far as he possibly can go before handing it back. Fellow play therapists have used this with their own kids, so I’m sure I’ll be getting one for my son and daughter soon.
Below I’ll share some pictures of Meebie after actual sessions. I would love to hear your feedback in the comments section on what you see in these images!
All the toys in my office serve a purpose, whether it be for imaginative play, skill building, expression, or more. So naturally, I did my research on the Meebie Play Therapy Doll. The shape and color of the doll is a little quirky and funny looking, but these features are also gender and race neutral. The weight and texture is warm and inviting, creating a positive sensory experience. The features for the face (including eyes, eyebrows, noses, mouths) as well as the band-aids, tears, and other miscellaneous items are a big hit with the kids!Using Meebie with Children
I first introduce Meebie to children and ask if they would like to see what features they can put on the doll. I refrain from naming any of the features or directing kids to place them in certain places on the doll, in order to allow the children to use their own imaginations and creativity. For example, I wouldn’t say “Oh you found a mouth to go right here” before the child identified the feature and location first. I also refer to Meebie as “it” until the child identifies the gender of the doll. Sometimes they never do, and that’s fine.
You don’t have to be a therapist, and children don’t have to be in a play therapy room, to benefit from this doll. It’s a great tool for expression and educating children on feelings. The band-aids offer a tool to symbolically mend emotional wounds, and when a parent and child do this together, the message for the child is very powerful.
Meebie in Action