Miniatures tell the client and the therapist a lot about the family dynamics, relationship conflict, and who is close just by choosing a miniature for each family member and placing them on a table.
Example Family Scenario:
Story 1: The client identifies herself as Kanga, baby brother as Roo, two sisters, and an aunt as the three girls to the right of her, mother as the witch, and dad as the dragon. Notice the spacing of the parents. The client is probably the caretaker of the brother and the buffer between the parents and the three girl miniatures.
Story 2: Mom is Kanga, client is Roo, three sisters, Dad is the dragon, and step mom is the witch. Mom may be over protective of client, she is distancing herself from her ex-husband and his wife.
These are examples of how telling choosing a miniature and placement of it can be to the client and the therapist.