The trees are almost bare here in New England, but there are still various colors, sizes and textures abound. I encouraged the children to lookbeyond the typical maple or oak leaf for their Autumn mandalas.
It's not too late where ever you live. It can be made in all seasons, just use what is available to you.
What is a mandala? " The word mandala is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit, meaning circle or center. With circular
patterns representing life and growth, they're found almost everywhere: in
nature, contemporary design, science, and psychological and spiritual
A mandala is an ancient
symbol of wholeness, integration and transformation. Today, this art form
endures as a tool for expressing the essence of our
We gathered our supplies of frosted contact paper, scissors, pencil, hole punch, yarn
and our "nature finds" . . .
and drew a circle on the contact paper, using the wall clock as our template. Any large circle will do, or even the use of a compass . . .
Then we arranged them (leaves, flower petals and grasses) around and within the circle on the contact paper.
Once arranged to our liking, we very carefullycovered them with another square of contactpaper, putting the center down first and spreading it out to all sides gently with our hands to minimize any creases.
We cut out the circle . . .
punched two holes a few inches apart and tied yarn to hang them.
Then we hung them in the window to thoroughly enJOY!
Black Elk, Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux 1863-1950 said:
"Everything the power of the world does is done in a circle.The sky is round
and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball and so are all the
stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls.
Birds make their nests in
circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours.
The sun comes forth and
goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same and both are round. Even
the seasons form a great circle in their changing and always come back again
to where they were.
The life of a man is a circle from childhood to
childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves. Our teepees were
round like the nests of birds, and these were always set in a circle, the
nation's hoop, a nest of many nests, where the Great Spirit meant for us to
hatch our children." ~~
The children also enjoyed an online mandala maker. You can play ithere.