In March 2017 Kristín Unnsteinsdóttir received the Motivational Award from the Educational Council in Reykjavík for the method Sandtray play and storytelling in education that she has been developing in Artunsskoli for the last 15 years.
In the comment of the selection committee sais:
Kristín Unnsteinsdóttir has in an interesting way connected sandplay with education. She has used sandplay to strengthen her students‘ self-image and confidence, open up their imagination and creative expression and thereby develop the children‘s interaction with underlying feelings and concerns.
Kristín Unnsteinsdóttir has analyzed her work, written articles and two books about her method and findings, organized workshops and is now participating in an Erasmus+ project on sandplay and education with Irish and Romanian colleagues.