I was wandering through our local thrift shop this summer looking for new therapy games when a photo booth kit caught my eye. It was a whopping $1.50, so I threw it in my cart not knowing quite what I was going to do with it, but I was absolutely sure I was going to do something with it! By the time I got home, an idea popped into my head. What about using these for social language concepts to figure out what someone might be thinking, saying or feeling?
I let each of the kids take turns picking a prop and standing in front of the backdrop, and imagining a feeling they wanted to convey (angry, silly, scared). I cut thought and speech bubbles out of poster board and pinned them to the backdrop, but you could also attach them to wooden dowels and make your own props with them. If you are printing out the pictures on paper, you can use post it notes in these shapes (how cool are these?) for your thought and speech bubbles or you could put the pictures in a clear plastic sleeve and write on the outside using a dry erase marker to make them reusable.
After I snapped a few pictures on my phone (you could prep and print them out before hand too if you are more organized than I am), I asked them to figure out what each other might be feeling, thinking or saying. No helping from the person in the picture was allowed before we made our guesses, but their input definitely was helpful in the discussions afterwards. We also had some silly fun to work on identifying what was unexpected or unpredictable in a picture (example: a girl with a mustache). You can extend this activity to make guesses about where the person might be going or even make your own photo booth props for seasonal fun!
Have you ever used photo booth props in therapy? Share your ideas here!