Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
The term sand play may conjure images of children at the beach or playing in a sandbox at the park, playground or school, developing physical, language, cognitive, social, and emotional skills and concepts such as wet and dry, pouring, digging, and volume. A variety of play types can be experienced through the use of sand. Functional play is used to explore sand with the senses. Construction play can occur allowing the child to mold the sand in to castles, tunnels, or holes. Dramatic and fantasy play are also evident as the child creates a world from the sand that they control. However, sand play can provide a much deeper experience—it can also be used as a therapeutic method that allows children and adults to create and encounter a world relating to their own personal experiences and situations in a safe environment. Sand play is a therapeutic method based upon nonverbal ...