How Are Children’s Mandalas Different From Traditional Mandalas?
Children’s mandalas typically have larger images and lack intricate details. These simple mandalas are easy to color and are suitable for younger children. While they are almost always round or circular, the concentric circles may be lacking. The focus of the mandala is typically concrete and has a definite form, such as an animal, leaves, hearts or other kid-friendly designs. The central design, such as a unicorn, may repeat throughout the mandala or it may be complemented by other related designs, such as hearts and rainbows.
What Are Some Common Mandalas for Children?
Children’s mandalas range is size, shape and design. While many are not mandalas in the traditional sense, you will find them labeled as such on websites and in coloring books. Some common mandala themes for children are:
- Nature – This may include natural elements such as leaves, seeds and trees or may focus on science or social studies concepts like the water cycle or biomes (desert, rainforest etc). These mandalas are designed primarily as teaching aids.
- Animals – Like the nature mandalas, animal mandalas may focus on one specific animal or contain images of multiple animals, such as farm animals or zoo animals. These mandalas are also popular for teaching science concepts.
- Fantasy/ Fairy Tale – These mandalas express a central theme, such as unicorns, or focus on the details of a popular fairy tale, such as Cinderella. They may be used in language arts classes or with preschoolers to work on retelling a story.
- Holidays/Seasons – Holiday and season mandalas are popular with kids as they allow children to explore the changing world around them and celebrate holidays and changing seasons.
- Food – Most children enjoy discussing and coloring their favorite foods. Food mandalas are also a convenient way to teach food groups or to talk about healthy and unhealthy food choices.
- Geometric: Geometric mandalas appeal to children’s desire to experiment with patterns in color. They promote creativity and teach basic math concepts.