As always I was on the search for new, fun ‘rainbow’ ideas for my after school meditation class when I came across the a few great pages on MANDALAS. When I explain Mandalas to kids I tell them that they are a reflection of “you”- of how you are feeling and of how complex and beautiful you are. (Many kids need to be made aware of their own beauty.) I always explain that they are a form of meditation and a way of quieting the mind and just being ‘you’.
Kids also love to see a variety of different forms of Mandalas and there are some great youtube clips of Tibetan Monks creating sand Mandalas which are filmed in time lapse so that one that took several days to create can be shown in 15 minutes or so. Let the kids know that these artworks are made in silence and are created with an intention in mind. You might want to ask them what they think the intention/affirmation behind this one might have been… It is also great to discuss the concentration, focus and mindfulness needed to create this over several days!
I found this one fascinating to watch- enjoy!