“Here is a fun, balancing and harmonizing activity to do with your children.” Bring out those colourful sharpies that your kids love to use and be surprised by the result.

Mandalas are geometric shapes found everywhere in nature, in our bodies and in the universe. Mandalas offer balancing visual elements, symbolizing unity and harmony and are everywhere in nature. The word ‘mandala’ means ‘circle’ in Sanskrit.  It has a concentric structure even though it may be dominated by squares, triangles and other geometric forms.  Using the circle for example, is a common shape seen with the sun, moon, earth and planets. The moon and the sun both light our way. The circle is a symbol of how we are ALL connected.

Children become very absorbed and relaxed when coloring a mandala. They might enjoy drawing their favorite things like flowers and insects that have many shapes – triangles (3 sides), squares (4 sides) etc. Or it can be as simple as providing children with a piece of paper with a big circle drawn on it and a dot in the center of the circle and have them draw their favorite things inside the circle. Be sure and have lots of bright coloring pencils on hand for this fun family activity that will bring focus, calmness and contentment.

After you have finished the activity have everyone share their mandala and then put them all together on the fridge to look at during the week. There may be a common theme between each mandala. And this visual effect will have a balancing and relaxing effect on the brain.



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