Storm Katie led to a pretty miserable Easter weekend weather wise. Our traditional Easter egg hunt in the wood had to be curtailed and replaced with a quick hunt in the backgarden between rain showers. Don’t worry, the Easter bunny was informed ahead of time and knew where to deliver the chocolate!
This week however the first few rays of spring sun have made it to our garden and even though it is still a little chilly, we are determined to make the most of them.
Twinkle, came across a picture of a mandala in a colouring book recently and had asked me questions about it. I turned to the internet for answers and stumbled across You Tube videos by Mandala Nomadess who makes mandalas using natural resources. The girls were fascinated and asked if we could make one in the garden.
They gathered pine cones, conkers, sycamore keys, rocks and leaves from the garden and I added petals from some cut flowers which were well past their best, some sprigs of lavender and rosemary from the herb garden and some coloured sand. The girls wanted to add buttons and yarn as well.
The girls sorting through their treasures.
They noticed that a lot of mandalas had flowers in the middle so started with the petals.
This little fellow moved in before we finished.
This activity kept the girls entertained for well over an hour. and I think the result is just stunning.
This project didn’t cost anything which shows that holiday activities really don’t have to cost a fortune. We may well do this again as a rainy day indoor activity with lentils, pasta, dried peas etc…
I was really impressed by how well the girls worked as a team. Gone were the arguments about whose turn it was to play the latest app on the Tablet. They were excited to show each other what they had found. Twinkle helped her little sister learn the names of some items she didn’t know and they made a clear plan about what they wanted to achieve.
Nature inspired arts projects really help children to connect with their outdoor classroom and diversify their learning. It gives opportunity to increase vocabulary and discover the details of their environment which on a day to day basis they often overlook.
In the afternoon, the girls decided they want draw their own mandalas.
Centrum-Mandala have a great selection of downloadable worksheets and information on everything your children (and you) could ever want to know about them.