This is a simple, original idea for a really lovely, satisfying mandala craft. Deciding on your design and pushing the beans into the clay can get children of all ages absorbed, and the finished artwork looks fabulous on display.
These lovely craft ideas are better for older children but can be adapted for all ages. Try them at home with your kids - or work on them in a classroom or group, where the children will enjoy seeing what their friends come up with! You'll need basic craft (and kitchen) supplies.
We recently watched a documentary about the Himalayas and in that documentary they showed some monks working on an incredible mandala. It really was detailed and the colours were exquisite. We naturally wanted to work on our own mandalas.
Who would have believed that a simple white paper plate could look so beautiful, and provide such a fun (and inexpensive) weaving craft for the kids? I would love to see a whole wall of these on display...
This is a lovely craft which can be done with any age of child. We've used the excuse of making a mandala, which is symmetrical and repetitive in design, but you may prefer to give the kids free reign!