This master’s thesis offers the results of a four-week pilot study to explore the use of puppetry in
an art therapy intervention to increase prosocial behaviors with urban, Head Start preschoolers.
The researcher employs storytelling techniques, the weekly creation of puppets, and a roleplaying
exercise using the puppets to practice prosocial behaviors including empathy, sharing,
helpfulness, kindness, and generosity. The researcher employed a mixed method research
approach utilizing a pre- and post Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ), observation of
social behaviors, journaling and utilized collage-making as a reflective, arts-based research
practice. Anticipated results include an increase in prosocial classroom behaviors in addition to
increases in autonomy, ability to focus, creative engagement, and social engagement. Additional
research was recommended.