Therapeutic Activity: DIY tabletop Zen Garden

DIY Tabletop Zen Garden


Zen Gardens are a great way to relax and increase mindfulness during stressful times. Raking patterns in the sand and rearranging rocks helps you unwind and relax.





You will need:


  • Shallow dish or pan

  • Sand (Jo Ann’s, Micheal’s, Hobby Lobby… have colored sand)

  • Rocks (these can be glass aquarium rocks or bedrock rocks)

  • Greenery - this is optional. Can be anything from fake fish tank plants to real clippings from your favorite tree or plant in your yard.

  • Fork to use as a rake.

  • There are Fairy Garden rakes that you can find on Amazon.


How to put it together:

  • Pour sand into the shallow pan/dish

  • You want enough to cover the pan but still be able to move the sand around without spilling it out of the pan/dish.

  • You can do this outside to reduce the mess

  • Smooth the sand out

  • Add rocks and greenery

  • Add the fork



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