Activity The Lonely Puppy
soft stuffed puppy
chart paper and markers
Procedure Tell the story of a puppy who had been passed by at the dog shelter repeat-
edly. No one ever smiled at him, yet he really wanted to belong to a fam-
ily. Finally, a family took him home. There were so many noisy people in
the house, the puppy crawled under a bed to hide and feel safe. He didn’t
eat for two days.
Then say, “What do you think the puppy needed/wanted? I’ll write
your answers on the board. Let’s make a long list.” Ask questions like the
following: • What was the puppy feeling inside?
• What might you all give the puppy to help him feel safe and com-
fortable? Each of you will be handed the puppy to demonstrate how
you would handle him so he would feel safe and secure. How would
you talk to the puppy so he could feel calm and loved?
Then say, “Now I would like each of you to draw a picture of the puppy
when he felt safe and happy.”
Issues insecure attachment, uncooperativeness, insecurity
Purpose To grow empathy and a sense of belonging.