For a long time my girls have created little nature mandalas and art whenever we are at the park or out for a walk. They gather collections of things as we wander and bring them together to make nature mandalas.
This is an activity that is good for the youngest to oldest of kids (I love making nature mandalas myself). You could call it ‘transient art’, but I think the photo opps make it into something less transient. The girls took these photos by themselves.
A mandala is a circular figure representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism. It represents ‘wholeness’ and creating a mandala is a very calming, mindful thing for a child to do. In fact, there are benefits to creating any kind of art in nature.
Benefits of creating nature art
1. Kids observe their surroundings with a much more present eye as they look for suitable objects to add to their artwork.
2. Next there is the consideration as they work out which pattern they want to create. Colour, form, texture and pattern are all important here and a child seems to instinctively know what will work in their design.
3. Finally, there is the careful attention as they put their artwork together. This is a quiet time, all the chatter involved in the planning is sent inside as they think through their design and get lost in creating.
Next time you’re out for a walk, see what you can gather to make your own mandalas or artworks. We like to leave ours behind as a gift to whoever is next to wander the same path.
Do your kids look for found objects when they are out and about?