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Two versions of the tray are available: painted and all-stained. On both versions, the sides, back and front are made from solid cherry. The bottom is made from plywood for weight reduction and stained with a cherry finish. On the painted version, the tray's interior is painted a sky blue.

 

The tray measures approximately 21-1/2″ long, 14″ wide and 4″ tall and weighs just under 8-1/2 pounds. The interior dimensions are approximately 17-1/2″ long, 11-1/2″ wide and 2-3/4″ deep.

 

There is a locking lid that slides out from the tray helping to “mostly” keep the sand in place. The lid’s surface is made out of a chalkboard material so users can personalize the tray with their own artwork. A box of colored chalk is included with the tray.

 

Handles on each end of the tray make it portable even when filled with sand. Note that the sand is not included but a recommended source for play sand can be found at Jurassic Sands. The tray should be able to hold between 10 and 15 pounds of sand.

 

If you’re affiliated with Unified Counseling Services, PLLC in Spencerport, NY or are a student of Dr. Sullivan's at Roberts Wesleyan University, a local pickup option may be available. Please contact me for more information.

Therapy Sand Trays

PriceFrom $95.00
  • For some background on Sand Play Therapy, here’s an excerpt from a Wiki on the subject:

    Jungian analytical method of psychotherapy using a tray of sand and miniature, symbolic figures is attributed to Dr. Margaret Lowenfeld, a pediatrician interested in child psychology who pioneered her “World Technique” in 1929, drawn from the writer H. G. Wells and his Floor Games published in 1911. Dora Kalff, who studied with her, combined Lowenfeld’s World Technique with Carl Jung's idea of the collective unconscious and received Lowenfeld’s permission to name her version of the work “sandplay”. As in traditional non-directive play therapy, research has shown that allowing an individual to freely play with the sand and accompanying objects in the contained space of the sand tray can facilitate a healing process as the unconscious expresses itself in the sand and influences the sand player. When a client creates “scenes” in the sand tray, little instruction is provided and the therapist offers little or no talk during the process. This protocol emphasizes the importance of holding what Kalff referred to as the “free and protected space” to allow the unconscious to express itself in symbolic, non-verbal play. Upon completion of a tray, the client may or may not choose to talk about his or her creation, and the therapist, without the use of directives and without touching the sand tray, may offer supportive response that does not include interpretation. The rationale is that the therapist trusts and respects the process by allowing the images in the tray to exert their influence without interference. Sandplay Therapy can be used during individual sessions. The limitations presented by the boundaries of the sand tray can serve as physical and symbolic limitations to unconscious, symbolic material that can be further reflected in analytical dialogue. The ISST, International Society for Sandplay Therapy, defines guidelines for training in Sandplay Therapy as well as guidelines for becoming a teaching therapist.

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