Sand Tray is one of my favorite modalities for Play Therapy. When the world came screeching to a halt during COVID-19 I blogged HERE about non-tech ways to do sand tray. Although there are some programs out there that allow you to have a virtual sand tray experience, I could never give up the tactile and kinesthetic value of the sand. In short…I couldn’t leave the sand behind.
I wanted to share with you my source list for putting together Play Therapy Kits, and this segment will focus on the Individual Sand Tray Kits I created including all the supplies such as the tray, sand, and miniatures. I talked about the pros and cons of a play therapy kit HERE and how they are great for sending to young people’s homes for Tele-Play therapy, in the office to prevent OR to be honest if you are just starting out in Play Therapy and need a kit that is inexpensive and portable.
If I am getting really real here, my office houses carefully selected toys gathered over 10+ years as a Play Therapist and at the end of the day it is a big investment to fully stock a Play Room. Want to know more about setting up your play therapy office? Check out this training HERE!
I wish I knew the things I knew now when I was starting about how to gather a comprehensive but inexpensive (I mean inexpensive relative to a fully stocked play room) set of toys and play materials. This was the challenge as I faced the fact that I am not going back into office in the foreseeable future AND was feeling a desire to provide children with the tools needed to express themselves.
As I said HERE the families that I work with have done a Rockstar job at gathering appropriate toys, BUT I can’t expect them to have all the toys and categories needed. As Garry Landreth famously said toys are the children’s words, and play is their language. I like to add to this that we need to make sure that we have enough words (ie toys) represented so children can express themselves.
I wanted to provide this source list (below) for my sand tray and miniature toys for my Play Therapy Kits. I use categories drawn from this Sandplay text HERE (which is one of my favorite texts) including people, animals, plant life, minerals, environments, transportation, and misc. objects. These minis also fit nicely within Garry Landreth’s categories of toys in his text HERE on Child Centered Play Therapy. The kits are inspired by his paired down version of a playroom in his "Tote Bag Playroom" section!
I chose these containers HERE because they could house the sand tray on the bottom and have plenty of room on top for miniatures. The case stacks together with a handled lid on top. I was a bit remiss that the plastic wasn’t blue, but made sure that each kit contained blue vase filler to represent bodies of water if needed.
Check out alternative Sand Tray container with 10 Low Cost Options HERE!
I chose the Sandtastik 25 Lb box, which had enough sand for 8 kits. It's not a TON of sand in each, but enough.
Dollar Tree Items:
So here is the breakdown –each kit contains over 125 miniatures and cost just under $50.00. Although I didn’t base mine on this one HERE, it contains a lot of the same miniatures. However, this one only has 90 miniatures and costs twice the price. I'm a bit biased but I think mine is waaayyyy cooler. The other thing to note is that Amazon's prices can change and although I got some ahhhmazing deals they might not always stay that way! I also bought for multiple kits which made the price significantly less per kit than if I had to buy everything for one kit.
So there you have it, the complete source list for a pretty comprehensive sand tray kit for virtual, office, or wherever!
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I'm Ann Meehan, an LPCC, RPT-S, and EMDR Consultant. I help other therapists grow in their passions as play therapists, trauma therapists,and child and adolescent therapists.