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
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.