I had photographs of sand mandala's I had taken recently in Tibet. I shared information about mandalas and the children added their own knowledge.
The children made the scratch board first so it had time to dry.
The children prepared a page by covering it with oil pastel, then black paint. The paint has a little dishwash liquid in it to stop it from flaking off when it's scratched.
I gave each child this page to fill in with images that best represent themselves.
Then they created circles within circles and divided them into segments like an orange.
Each segment will contain a different image. The images are drawn in all the segments, creating an interesting pattern that has meaning.
After a practise, the children scratched their images into the dried black paint. The circles were traced around a collection of lids. We talked about which areas could benefit from being
|Sand mandala at Sera Monastery in Lhasa Tibet.|
I showed the children how to weave little Matariki stars during the remainder of the day. I used instructions I found online. Origami stars. I simplified them a little, stopping after two rounds and cutting the points at the end.