Sand play for problem solving

Emma Roberts, Susan Elmer, Elizabeth Cable, Flor Silvestre Gerardou

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Based on sand play methods used with primary school children, this workshop will demonstrate an intervention based on sand tray work for problem solving. We have successfully used this technique with teachers, business students, and creative entrepreneurs for developing their business idea. This intervention is designed to bring the abstract ideas and issues to the forefront through sculpture and creative sand play. Participants will bring their own questions to the workshop, and use kinetic sand play with a variety of toys to mould and discover solutions by re-imagining their problems in a playful way. The subsequent ‘re-reading and re-telling’ of the sculpture allows participants to make sense of their ideas, find new solutions and ways forward and communicate effectively.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 12 Jul 2017
EventPlayful Learning Conference - Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Jul 201714 Jul 2017

Academic conference

Academic conferencePlayful Learning Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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