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FIRST STEPS

INDIVIDUAL PROMPTS

FAMILY PROMPTS

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OUR STORY

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Journalling in the sand is created by me, a counsellor who loves journalling but dislikes writing, art and isn’t particularly good at music.


I was looking for a way to express myself and fell in love with toys and sand while studying play therapy. I found that it helped me express myself in ways that created awareness, insight and brought closure to my life.


In addition, this has helped me express myself better than in any other way. It’s a playful activity where you can unleash your inner child and be carefree with your thoughts. There’s no pressure to make it perfect and it’s great for those of us who aren’t as attracted to writing, art or music as a form of expression. (Just saying, I’ve learnt that sand is really forgiving)


So try it out, have some fun and hopefully discover something new about yourself!


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FIRST STEPS

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Why should I journal using sand? Well, why not? A sand journal is a visual diary where you practice making art while expressing yourself at the same time. A sand journal can be anything, really. Anything goes as long as you do it for yourself, have fun!


You can even take a picture of your sand journal entry and write down some notes on your phone!

You can start by creating a sand journal entry that describes whatever moved you or troubled you during the week. For example, create a sand journal entry about a happy moment that you had during the week or about a moment where you felt annoyed.


If you feel a bit awkward and lost about your first sand journal entry, try the ideas listed below!



Introduce Yourself


  1. Choose items to represent 5 characteristics you love about yourself.
  2. Choose items to represent 5 characteristics that you dislike about yourself and put it inside the sand journal box.
  3. After that, take a photo of the entry and note down what you chose and why.


4. Take it a step further and create a sand journal entry for each negative characteristic.

5. Take a photo of each sand journal box and note down your explanation for each characteristic.

6. Note down why you dislike it, how it affects you and what you can do to change.


Congrats! You have just done your first sand journal entry!




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Emotions

Feeling Happy

1. Create a sand journal entry that describes a happy moment that you had during the week.

2. Use the items to depict the event/ events that you want to remember, take a photo.

3. Note down the reasons behind the characters that you chose and any other specific items that were intentionally chosen.

4. Note down how you felt as you were choosing the items, creating the journal entry and after it was finished.


Feeling Annoyed

1. If it was about a moment where you felt annoyed,

2. Use the items to depict the event/ events that you want to remember, take a photo.

3. If you could rewrite that moment, how would it look like? Feel free to move the items around or to put more items in.

4. Take a picture and note down your explanation and how you felt!


Congrats! You have just done your first sand journal entry!


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INDIVIDUAL PROMPTS

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Use the sand journal to write about your ideas for a new personal project, or any other ideas no matter how odd they seem.

The vault dump


When you’re not sure what to create, try the so-called brain dump. Just unleash your stream of thought onto the sand journal.

It helps you get those thoughts out of the mind and onto something visible.


Start by putting down random items that you are drawn to and place it onto the sand journal and arrange it on the sand journal entry.




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Emotions


How do you feel today? Why?

How did it feel when your work wasn’t noticed, or when you got stood up?

What were your feelings when you reached that life goal of yours after so many months of hard work?

What you think a certain feeling looks like. (E.g. Create a tray that shows how excitement looks like to you.)

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Other journalling prompts!


  • A favorite memory from your childhood / week
  • Lists : Dreams list, Travel list, Bucket list
  • Your current thoughts and feelings
  • Goals for the upcoming week, month, or year
  • Objects and activities that bring you joy
  • Something that scares you
  • The next place you’d like to travel to
  • What you did today or over the weekend
  • A negative memory from the week that you want to let go





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The PA (positive affirmations)


  • Create a sand journal entry that depicts the PA that you have chosen. (It could be a past experience, a situation based off your imagination...)
  • Look at where you are placed in the sand journal entry, consider the differences between the aerial view vs the front view.
  • Would the view cause the affirmation statement to change?
  • If so, what would the new affirmation be and would it be applicable to your life today?



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After you have finished your sand journal entry…

  • Take a step back and observe your sand journal entry. Is there anything you might want to change or rearrange?
  • When you are satisfied with your entry, you could take a photo and note down if there’s anything that stood out to you.
  • Note down the reasons why you chose certain figures, the figure you chose to represent yourself and how you felt before, during and after you did the sand journal entry.
  • Try observing where you are in that sand journal entry and what you are closer to and what you are further away from.
  • When you are done, give your entry a title!

FAMILY PROMPTS

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If you want to do this with your children, choose a question that you would like to answer as a family. Create a sand journal entry as an expression of that answer.

Suitable for children 10yo and above.


  • What is your favorite memory together?
  • What is your greatest responsibility?
  • What do you consider your proudest moment in 2023?
  • What is the hardest part of growing up?


  • What did you have to say goodbye to this year?
  • What do you look forward to this year?
  • Create a tray that shows 2 things you are grateful for today!
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After you have finished the sand journal entry as a family...

Share about the sand journal entry that you have made.

Each family member has to say 1 thing that they liked/noticed about the sand journal entry.

Note down any interesting thoughts that have been shared.

Give your sand journal entry a name! You could even ask the rest to name your entry for you.

This repeats until all the family members have gotten a chance to make a sand journal entry.



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OTHER FAMILY PROMPTS

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These activities are suitable for children 10yo and above.


Guess Who!


  1. Create a tray about an interesting person in your family. (The creator of the tray is not allowed to talk during the creation of the tray and the group discussion.)
  2. All the other family members are to discuss who they think the person is.
  3. Once decided, the creator will reveal share about the tray before revealing the answer.
  4. The game ends once everyone has had a chance to create a tray!


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Gratitude Tray


  1. The oldest person (parents it’s time for you to shine!) starts the gratitude circle by creating a gratitude tray for the person in their right.
  2. Create a tray depicting an act that the person has done this week in which you are thankful for!
  3. The circle ends once everyone has had a chance to do a gratitude tray for someone in the group!
  4. It’s just like how writing a thank you card, except this time you are using figurines and sand to express your gratitude for the person!


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