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Sandtray Play in Education
Sandtray Play in Education

Sandtray Play in Education


166 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB

Trade Paper, $34.99 (US $34.99) (CA $46.99)

Publication Date: April 2016

ISBN 9780996837804

Rights: WOR

Temenos Press (Apr 2016)


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This is a manual for training teachers in the Sandtray Play in Education method. It introduces a holistic approach to childhood education that returns the child's natural medium of creative play to the learning environment. Sadly, most approaches to contemporary childhood education are not successful in teaching children the riches of language and numbers and the capacities to think, inquire and create. We are failing our children by not designing educational curricula that is appropriate to the learning styles of children.

Author Biography

Barbara Turner, PhD, is a psychotherapist specializing in Jungian Sandplay Therapy. Her graduate education bridges psychotherapy and transformative learning. She began her training with the founder of Sandplay, Dora M. Kalff, of Switzerland. Dr. Turner has made extensive inquiry in the the Sandplay therapy method and has authored a number of books on the subject, including the well-known, Handbook of Sandplay Therapy. Dr. Turner teaches Sandplay psychotherapy to mental health clinicians around the world. She is dedicated to helping make the lives of children safe, healthy and happy. Dr. Turner worked with Dr. Unnsteinsdottír to adapt the tools of sandplay, the tray of sand and miniature figures, to the educational setting in such a way that it is not used as a form of psychotherapy, but as a tool for creative learning. Dr. Turner recognized that by activating the child's imagination under the watch of a non-judgmental, receptive teacher in Sandtray Play, children are given the opportunity to be fully immersed in creative work of their own, that they can discover and activate aspects of body mind and spirit that would not otherwise be available to them. Kristín Unnsteinsdottír, PhD, has a rich background in children's literature, storytelling, fairytale and Jungian psychology. She works as the Learning Specialist at a small grammar school in Reykjavik, Iceland, where she helps children with their learning difficulties. Drawing from her experience in Jungian psychology, she has adapted the sand tray and figures used in Sandplay psychotherapy for use as a creative learning tool for children in school. Dr. Unnsteinsdottír's research on the results of incorporating what she calls "Sandtray Play" into the learning environment document that the simple activity of children making a world of their own, or whatever occurs to them in the sand tray with miniature figures in the presence of a non-judgmental, receptive teacher has a dramatic impact on their learning skills.