The Sandtray is a tried and true process used by many Play Therapists with clients of any age. The Sandtray process is ‘elementally therapeutic by promoting play and relationship’ (Homeyer and Sweeney, 2011). However, difficulties of the traditional office Sandtray set up can include cost, portability, storage and display of the tray, sand and miniatures.

The Virtual Sandtray App is a revolutionary tool for therapists to utilize in multiple settings where these concerns prohibit traditional Sandtray use. With the Virtual Sandtray App, a qualified therapist can work with clients in settings such as hospitals, crisis intervention sites, practicum and internship sites. Basically, any settings where traveling with traditional Sandtray setup is cumbersome or impossible.

In addition, the virtual elements allow for the expansion and use of items and concepts which are impractical in traditional Sandtray. These elements include saving of environments for later use, screenshots of environments, backgrounds, rotation of the tray, weather elements, fire, limited animation and resizing items. Expansion packs can be purchased in addition to the basic sandtray pack and a fabulous collection can travel with the therapist anywhere.

What’s New

Version 3.2.3

Improvements and fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Blorma ,

Incredibly powerful immersive sand tray experience

I adopted the virtual Sandtray app, which now allows the client to build their tray remotely, when Covid forced me to work remotely. I’ve used it successfully with kids from 5 to adults. It offers some things that traditional sandtrays don’t, including a more animated gaming-like experience that is VERY appealing to tweens, teens, and many adults. It is emotionally powerful. You really feel like you are IN the world. While gaming isn’t my thing, I will continue offering it as a therapeutic alternative to traditional sand tray work even when I’m working face to face again because it is so appealing to many and such an amazing therapeutic tool. I’ll be honest. It is such a powerful program that there is a learning curve in getting comfortable with it, but the developers offer live support (free) and kids seem to grasp it immediately. It’s worth the little bit of effort to master it because it is such a powerful therapeutic tool. I’m an “old fart”. I think people that have grown up more in the digital world will find it pretty intuitive.

playgeek76 ,

Game changer

The app was and continues to be a game changer in my ability tO provide quality Telehealth and in person services! As a therapist I was very sad to think that I would not be able to use Sandtray in my practice due to Covid-19. The Virtual Sandtray App and team has not disappointed! The customer service is second to none and there could not have been more thought put into the app to keep it true to tenets of Sandtray and confidentiality!

jodilcsw ,


Fabulous tool for the therapy office - but the addition of the remote feature (allowing therapist to witness the client creating the tray during tele-health sessions) makes this an important addition to virtual play therapy work. Amazing to be able to connect to clients using this platform during this time we can’t physically share the same space.

App Privacy

The developer, Chris Ewing, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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