My good friend Barbara A is an elementary school principal and a recipient of a sandscape from me as a holiday present this past season. Barbara took it to school and placed it on the conference table in her office and realized that both her students, called to the principal’s office for various reasons, and her colleagues, were interested in picking up that rake to play in the sand. She shared with me a conversation she had with a co-worker regarding the power of “Sandplay Therapy.”
The concept involves giving a child, or an adult, the opportunity to express themselves using assorted figures and a sandbox. The end result is then analyzed by a qualified therapist. It is also referred to as “Sand Tray Therapy.”
There is much information available on the web about the subject, as well as sites that specialize in selling the sandboxes and assorted figures, toys and objects to practice this therapy.
As I have learned about this kind of therapy, I am not surprised why many people have been interested in my display at the craft fairs, and automatically pick up the rake, which I always encourage, to play in the sand.
Regards, Sandscaper Andy (email@example.com)