Our summers fly by in a blur between days spent poolside or running through the yard catching fireflies, we’re always on the go. Every once in a while it’s nice to have a project that requires patience, thought, and tends to put everyone in a relaxed state. For us that craft is making mandalas. Mandalas are found in many cultures and are considered one of the oldest art forms. If you’ve ever made one (or even colored one) you know it’s easy to see why they’re considered a practice in meditation. Their symmetry and beauty can be both challenging and inspiring.You can make mandalas with any supplies you have on hands whether it be your scrap paper stash (see photo below), toothpicks, stickers, candy, washi tape, etc. My personal favorite is to take it outside and use leaves, flowers, and whatever pieces of nature you can find.
When you’re making mandalas with kids you need to remember one thing, don’t expect perfection! This is THE HARDEST THING FOR ME! As you can clearly see in the picture above, even after a reminder and demonstration, things are NOT symmetrical on their pages!Deep breath…and that’s okay.
Unless you’re busting out the rulers, things aren’t always going to match up. Not everyone is going to want to follow the rules. Sometimes no matter how much planning and plotting we put into it, it doesn’t end up the way we imagine…and that’s okay.