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.


Page Two of Self-Healing in Sand Tray Therapy
See More Creative Counseling Ideas Here

See our Exciting Selection of eBooks:

Award Winning:

Creative Counseling 101 eBook 
Our Best Seller!

Step By Step Therapy:

Learn how to be a more Creative Therapist with the Book that started it all!

- Graduate School Counseling book used by hundreds of graduate counseling students!

- Includes full color reproducible worksheets with most activities.

- Winner of the Counselor Writer of the Year Award, 2011, Georgia Regional Award

Download Your Copy Today Only $39.95: 

See Creative Counseling 101 eBook Information Here:

Get the Set
of all four  

eBooks for only $98.95:
An incredible collection of how to do therapy eBooks!
A $159.80 Value,
You Save Over $60!

Get your complete set of the Creative Counseling eBooks by Dr. Michelle Stangline for only $98.95, that's only $25.00 per eBook (Regular Price is $39.95 for each eBook.).

Your complete set includes:

- Creative Counseling 101

- Creative Group Counseling 101

- Creative Play Therapy 101

- Creative Sand Tray 101

For more information click the link below:

See Complete Set of eBooks For Sale Here:


Art Therapy 101 eBook

Over 300 pages of Art Therapy activities and techniques. Learn what I teach graduate counseling students!

See the link below for more information.

Only $39.95

Art Therapy 101 eBook for Sale Link

See More Invividual eBooks For Sale:

Sand Tray Therapy 101 eBook:

Learn how to do Sand Tray Therapy or enhance your skills.

Sand Tray Therapy eBook for Sale Link

Play Therapy 101 eBook

Learn how to do play therapy or enhance your skills.

Play Therapy eBook For Sale Link

Small Group Counseling eBook For Sale:

Learn how to do creative group therapy and enhance your skills.

Creative Group Therapy eBook For Sale Link

School Counselor Guidance Lesson & Social Stories eBook for sale:

Get a year's worth of school counselor guidance lessons with "Creative Warm & Fuzzy Classroom Guidance Lessons eBook". Introduce your students to the "Warm & Fuzzy Way". Click the link below for more information:

Warm & Fuzzy School Counselor Guidance Lessons eBook