Day One / 14th September 14:10 to 16:30
This session will be run by Rob MacDonald and Bill Halsall
Sand Play is aimed at encouraging creative lateral thinking, sensory awareness and memory recall. During Sand Play we can appreciate and use all our five senses; sight, touch, smell, hearing and taste.
The practice uses a shallow wooden tray painted blue inside to represent water or sky, filled with sand. Nearby is a collection of small objects with which to play in the sand. The objects include sensory items such as common garden flowers, old historic items, herbs, spices, old fashioned boiled sweets and in the background various sounds, bird song and music playing.
This is a shared activity that integrates play and choice with small hand sized objects. The play involves an impromptu unplanned dialogue with our inner thoughts and memories. Sand Play mirrors the eternal child in us all.
Most of all, people Living Well with dementia, carers and support professionals have found Sand Play to be an enjoyable and thought provoking experience. We welcome you all to come and play.