DIY Travel Sand Tray

DIY Travel Sand Tray


One of my favorite expressive arts mediums is the sandtray.

I can’t say enough how much I love sand tray therapy.

  • It’s a sensory activity, meaning it engages our senses while we play.
  • It is a creative outlet for the inner workings of our mind.
  • It is a container for learning more about ourselves, our story, our feelings.
  • It is just downright magical to witness clients engage with the sandtray.

When I’m at the office, I have a large container filled with kinetic sand. (Kinetic sand is super cool. Definitely a must-have in my social work toolbox!) One problem though: most of the time I am in the field (school or community) for my social work. I obviously can’t bring this large container with me to schools or the community–but I really wanted to use this intervention with some of my field-based clients. This is why I created my own travel sandtray.

Plastic pencil case
Sand (There are so many different sand you can use! Click here to read about all the options!)
Items to accompany, such as rocks and mini figurines

**Alternatively, you can purchase this storage container¬†from Target. You will see that it is two boxes in one–which could allow for easy storage of the sand and the rocks/mini figurines.

Creation Process
1.) Open your plastic pencil case. Pour sand into it. That’s it. Really.


You don’t want to overfill it. In mine, I filled it about half way up. Also, mine has play sand in it.

2.) Choose a small variety of rocks or mini figurines. I prefer to bring rocks I collected at my favorite beach in California.


When traveling, I keep the rocks separate with a ziploc baggie or fabric pencil case.

3.) You’re ready for sandplay interventions in the field!



Here are some helpful resources for sandplay therapy interventions that I use frequently: