Name: Virtual SandtrayImage result for virtual sandtray

Age/Developmental Stage: Preschool age and up.

Available for these devices: iOS (Apple iPad), as well as virtual reality (VR)

Cost: $149.99 via iTunes. I recommend contact prior purchase (You may be eligible for a trial for consideration).


Virtual Sandtray App is an appealing technologically advanced Sandtray to work through trauma, anxiety, depression, and so much more. It is accessible, portable, and much easier to clean than a traditional tray set up.

There are confidentiality measures built in, as well as an ability to save trays and load previous trays, share encrypted trays, and alternative controls for people who need additional assistance. There are over 5,000+ 3D models available. There are also various elements for the children to design their sandtray and engage in play. These elements include different environments, screenshots of environments, backgrounds, rotation of the tray, weather elements, fire, limited animation and resizing items. Demos and Technical Support are also available.

The website is very extensive and has an incredible information including Youtube tutorial videos and has already been acclaimed by other well-respected therapists as well as several news articles. It is also available in English and Spanish!

Disclaimer for professionals: This is not designed to replace a traditional Sandtray for therapeutic support, intervention, and application. 

Available for more information and detail at

After going through the entire website, I found it extremely fascinating! This is such a fantastic tool that can support children in the healthcare setting. I would definitely recommend this app to Child Life Specialists as a therapeutic intervention tool for the following purposes:

  • Engaging in pretend play/role play
  • Assessment
  • Addressing misconceptions, fears, and anxieties about the healthcare environment or upcoming procedures
  • Emotional regulation
  • Encourage play for children who are withdrawn or isolated
  • Possible playroom activity opportunity
  • Limited supplies

I would like to thank  Jessica Stone, Ph.D., RPT-S for sharing this valuable information for this particular app and blog post! Pilot studies have already begun for Child Life programs using this app. I hope to see child life specialists use this app for successful interventions for patients and families!