With all of the beautiful leaves falling down around us at the mill, I decided to break out the Fall Mandala. A mandala is loosely translated to mean "circle with a center", but it is more then just a shape. It is a tool that can be used for meditation to create peace and calm for those creating or those observing. The circle contains a center that, surrounded by a symmetrical image, becomes whole. As imagination leads the children in coloring the image, they can find this wholeness in the picture as well as finding a bit of wholeness in themselves.
The image below can be found in the book:
Kids' Mandalas by Sterling Publishing sold exclusively at B&N (9781402717208).