Expressing Emotion and Mending Wounds with Meebie

Ginny Campbell, creator of Meebie

I was happy to finally meet Ginny Campbell, creator of Meebie and very sweet lady.

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!

Features with a Purpose

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

Some children don’t need any  prompting  to put a face on the doll, while others I have been more directive with the activity. Below are some pictures I was able to capture from actual play therapy sessions. Most children who use the doll are between the ages of 4 years to 10 years old.
Created by elementary age child with severe separation anxiety from parent.

Created by elementary age child with severe separation anxiety from parent.

Created by preschooler with anxiety and aggression who claimed to be feeling happy to be at their therapy session.

Created by preschooler with anxiety and aggression who claimed to be feeling happy to be at their therapy session.

Created by a child who I believe was sharing their hesitancy towards the letting me in their world by eliminating the eyes.

Created by a child who I believe was sharing their hesitancy towards the letting me in their world by eliminating the eyes.

This child rarely admits to feeling anything but happy. To me, the eyes look a little sad but there is a small smile and very congruent with what I typically find in this child.

This child rarely admits to feeling anything but happy. To me, the eyes look a little sad but there is a small smile and very congruent with what I typically find in this child.

This child had a difficult week and ended up doctoring up Meebie with band-aides and a stethoscope.

This child had a difficult week and ended up doctoring up Meebie with band-aides and a stethoscope.

This child has a lot of feelings to sort out, which is one thing I am trying to help with. Toys like Meebie are very helpful in identifying and sorting through feelings of a child.

This child has a lot of feelings to sort out, which is one thing I am trying to help with. Toys like Meebie are very helpful in identifying and sorting through feelings of a child.

 

 

 

 

 

As always, I welcome comments and feedback from readers! Also, be sure to check out the website for Meebie, and their Facebook page too, for more information on this adorable toy!