The Mandala is a geometric pattern representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism.
The geometry is precise, the designs beautiful and the spiritual meaning profound. Designing mandalas in the classroom can help you to explore visual arts, design and mathematics with your students. The beauty of the mandala is that it can be of any scale, using any materials. This makes it ideal to be worked on by individuals, small groups, or even to create large-scale kaleidoscopic versions of your designs as a whole class. You could even consider taking your designs outside to decorate your playground or garden using chalk or natural materials.
Mandalas have historically been used as a tool for meditation – you could try this with your students, asking them how they felt working through the process of creating their own mandala.