I accidentally discovered mandalas. A video popped up in my YouTube feed. I was intrigued and watched a few minutes and discovered potential here. I found an opportunity to show this video to my girls. We worked on a few mandalas. And they have loved it since.
Mandalas are patterns that are drawn in concentric circles. There is so much room for creativity with the pattern combinations and color combinations. This makes mandala drawing have endless possibilities.
For adults or children, this can mean that the activity can help improve concentration, be calming and develop creativity. This could therefore be quite a therapeutic activity.
When teaching the girls how to make concentric circles, I had the joy of introducing them to a geometry compass. They were thrilled. It was hard for them to use the compass in the beginning, but they soon got a hang of it. They struggled as the compass kept changing the radius. I told them that I had a great compass in school which had a lock feature. My wife said she hadn’t heard of such a compass as most kids growing up in India would only remember the famous Natraj geometry set or the Camlin geometry set.
But things have changed a lot since then. There are better options in the market now. I totally love the Maped Compass.
This compass has a lock feature that keeps it steady. It also has extensions that can help you make larger circles.
In addition, Sakua Pigma Micro Pens provide varied thickness to the lines to create wonderful plain mandalas as shown in the video. I love using these pens as they do not bleed into the pages. They are very versatile and provide such creativity.
For colored mandals, nothing beats the 48 colored pens set like the Istore Gel Pens set.
I wish I had pictures of the work done by the children. Here is one of my designs. A simple one for Mia to color.
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