Children’s Animal Mandalas
The main purpose of children’s animal mandalas is creative expression. They may also be used to reduce stress, induce relaxation and promote focus. Coloring pre-made mandalas is often the preferred method of introducing young children to mandalas. Older children can draw or design their own.
Children’s mandalas typically take one of two forms. 1) The mandala consists of one large central image of an animal that is typically contained inside a circular outer rim. 2) The mandala may contain the images of several related animals (such as sea creatures, farm animals or zoo animals) to make up a repeating pattern throughout the sections of the mandala.
Common Children’s Animal Mandalas
- Baby Animals: While puppies and kittens are probably the most popular, these may contain any number of baby animals. They may include baby ducks, baby chicks, baby bunnies and baby bear, deer or porcupine.
- Horses: Nearly all children are attracted to horses, making this a common theme for children’s coloring pages, including mandalas. Generally, the image of the horse is the central image with other decorative details within the mandala. Sometimes the horse mandala highlights only the horse’s head.
- Animal Habitat Mandalas: These mandalas feature the animal within its habitat and are ideal for children learning about animals in different biomes or learning about domestic and wild animals. Many, like the sea horse mandala feature the primary animal in the center with images related to its natural habitat filling the sections of the mandala. These mandalas function as a teaching aid as well as provide an opportunity for artistic expression.
- Fantasy or Story Book Animal Mandalas: Children enjoy the imaginative world of fantasy play making fantasy or character mandalas a popular choice. Fantasy animals, like dragons and unicorns, are a fun choice for little ones. Story book animals, such as the loveable Pooh characters, are also popular with young children.