Now here is a wonderful idea that I found (and poached!) from Casa’Maria’s
blog. I find Maria’s blog to be full of the most amazingly beautiful photographs and inspirational ideas. I think the opportunities experienced by the children within my care have been significantly enriched by my personal exposure to the world of preschool blogging.
Simply provide a sheet of paper marked with a series of concentric rings on top of a light table. Then, add some interesting smallish items in large numbers and watch the children weave their magic.
I was amazed to see how quickly the children started to create a type of pattern often refered to as a Mandala. A Mandala is a geometric design, usually circular, and often seen in Hindu or Buddhist art typically to represent the universe.
With subtle variations.
Such a lovely, relaxing and enjoyable experience to share with friends.
A small group of children went back to this activity everyday and were clearly getting a tremendous amount of joy and satisfaction from the experience. I asked them what else they would like to see added to this table to make some new patterns. I was told ‘love hearts’, diamonds, stars and moons. So I will see what I can do!