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How you can use sand play in wilderness therapy

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Sand tray has a unique way of bringing an element of nature into the therapy office. But what about using the element of sand in it's natural habitat?  Bethany Anderson LCSW, RPT has found a way to bring the power of sand tray to the world of wilderness therapy. For over a year and a half now, while working for the Anasazi Foundation, she has almost weekly hauled out miniatures in a fishing tackle box to the teens and adults she serves in order to do sand tray play therapy with them in the wild. After Bethany locates suitable sand or...

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Does your sand contain crystalline silica or other harmful materials?

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Geologist Jerry answers Amanda's concerns about crystalline silica in play sand - she says she "just wanted to get her daughter a sandbox for her birthday" but after reading online concludes "Now it's complicated". 

Read the real facts from a geologist that has been in the business for 27 years and is an expert in children's play sand.

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How Much Sand Does Your Step 2 Red Crabbie Sandbox Need?

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We all remember playing with Legos, a wagon, and summers in a sandbox. The step 2 Crabbie Sandbox is an iconic childhood toy. Despite its familiarity, many ask how much sand is needed for their Red Crabbie sandbox to be fully enjoyed. This is a common question we at Jurassic PlaySands get asked. We know it can be confusing hearing about the manufacturer's recommended amount (300 pounds) as opposed to the max capacity. In order to be enjoyed for years and generations to come, we've compiled recommended amounts of sand as your child grows: Children between the ages of 1-2...

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Step By Step Guide to Building Your Own Sandbox

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Building a DIY sandbox doesn’t have to be complicated to be pleasing to the eye. With a few tools and some patience, you can make a simple wood-sided sandbox in a weekend or a stone-sided sandbox in an afternoon.  First you need to decide on the dimensions you want your finished box to be for this wood-sided sandbox, we will be using 4X8. Prepare the build site. Make sure your land is level and free of debris.  Tools required: Tape Measure Drill Hammer Help – it is much easier to do this build with a little help from a friend....

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Sandboxes that Stand Out; Interesting Sandboxes

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Most kids like to dig in the sand, building crazy castles or desert landscapes or grand construction sites. The classic green turtles have dotted the back yards of many suburban neighborhoods since their introduction in 1979. Sandboxes are ubiquitous but that doesn’t mean they can’t be interesting or unique. They come in every shape, size and theme you can imagine. From dollhouse miniatures to elaborate pirate ships, if you can dream it up, you can probably purchase one, repurpose one, or build one yourself. You can get the classic green turtle or red crab at any number of big box...

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