by Student 4
Sand Tray Therapy Bridge
For this tray I did not start out with any ideas ahead of time. I made my bridge out of black foam core, I took a 3D art class in college and learned how to make sculptures out of matte board.
I used the same techniques I learned to make my bridge, I glued the side of the bridge with hot glue. I made a river down the middle of the tray and then I put my bridge over it.
I then put in tree in one corner and another almost diagonal from it and some leave in the opposite corner. On the bridge I put my little Cinderella to represent me and a dog beside her to represent my dog. I put shells and clear rocks on the beach part of my river. I put in three butterflies, one big one and two little ones, one on either side.
I put in a bird on the right side and two bright colored flowers on the left side and a wolf next to them. I also put in a silver hear close to the rive and lastly I put in a boat heading down the river towards the bridge. I put in things that were calming to me and things that I like. I love butterflies and wolves are my favorite animals. Trees are beautiful to me and so are flowers and seashells.
I put my boat in for traveling and I put my little Cinderella and her dog on the bridge because I am halfway through my journey towards my career and starting my life. I included the dog to show a need for companionship and safe, loving and happy relationship. When I've put the bird in before it has represented freedom and the wolf has represented protection.
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