Self-Healing in Sand Tray Therapy Page Three

Activity One

The Miniature Sand Tray Experience

Getting Started in Self-Healing Sand Tray Therapy


Let’s start our journey in self-healing with a very simple sand tray. Don’t feel as if you need to purchase anything expensive.

I go to the Dollar Store and purchase picture frame shadow boxes and use these as Zen Gardens, Fairy Gardens, or miniature sand trays.

You may even want to try a decorative dish made out of clay, or plastic.  Below is one I buy at the Dollar Store:

It does not matter if your miniature sand tray is round, square, or rectangular. Get some play sand at the home improvement store for your new sand tray.

Make sure you have clean sand in your tray. I also would not recommend a kitty litter box.

I often make little sand trays filled with miniatures, candles, nature items, or small tokens and give them to friends, families, and even clients.

Below you will find a picture of one I have made as a gift to a dear family member:


I use a feather as a rake because it is soft and soothing. I also want to show the sand tray as a different experience than a Zen Garden which uses a regular rake. 

 

Miniatures and Small Tokens

Miniatures can be anything you want them to be. I suggest you start out with a small collection of items. 

 

*Note: You can collect anything you want to add to your sand tray therapy tray. I find many items at the Dollar Store and Walmart. My graduate students would purchase plastic items in bags to start off their collection.

As you can see above I have plastic farm animals, army men, bugs, jungle animals, dinosaurs, sea creatures, and reptiles.

Natural items are also beneficial for your Self-Healing Sand Tray Therapy. Rocks, flowers, pine cones, etc. are perfect for your sand tray. I also use candles and shiny objects in the sand tray when I am working in the sand tray.

It is important to note that you also need some frightening and ugly objects in your Self-Healing Sand Tray Therapy collection.

 


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