Sand Art Activities to Help Children Cope with Feelings

Healing with Sand

Understanding feelings, being able to identify our feelings, and sharing our feelings are important for a person’s emotional and psychological wellness. Happy, sad, angry, proud, afraid… these are all normal feelings. As a psychotherapist and child therapist, I spend most of my day helping others to sort out and cope with these feelings, and as a mom, I take time to teach these skills to my children as well. I’ve posted on the impact of sand play in a child’s life before, but I especially love the idea of using colored sand as a tool for teaching and coping with feelings. Read more

Sand Tray

sand-trayA sand tray does not have to be purchased from an expensive therapy store. My husband made this sand box for me, and the best part is that it’s made with love!

After sanding it down really good so as not to cause splinters, I painted the outside hunter green and the inside blue. I bought play sand at a local Home Depot.

Kids will often use this for pretend play while I am sometimes more directive in the activities with teens.