An Introduction to Mandala Painting for Kids

Coloring mandalas is to believed an excellent mindfulness practice. Coloring mandalas can be a fantastic outlet and a wonderful way to practice focus and concentration. The Mandala Painting for Kids activity we are doing takes those ideas a step further by introducing basic mandala making skills.

Check out our mandala coloring pages, too!

You will need:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Items to trace to make concentric circles
  • Paint
  • Brushes in 3-4 different sizes
  • (Dot painters and watercolor markers might be a good alternative for younger children)

Mandala Painting for Kids

To begin, we will trace our circular items to make circles that will guide us in making the mandala. Starting with the largest item first will allow you the ability to center your remaining circles. (I tried the smallest circle first and it did not work out well!)

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I recommend having the circles already traced for younger children.

Starting with the outer circle, use the largest paint brush to make dots. The dots do not have to be perfect, but the more uniform the better and more mandala-like you will get.

Once your largest dots are finished use you next largest brush for the second ring. Then pick up the smaller brush for you inner ring.

For each smaller circle, there should be smaller dots this helps draw the eye inward. It will also create a beautiful mandala effect.

After the rows on the rings are complete, use your smallest brush to repeat the color pattern until the space is filled. You might find that the center resembles a flower. That’s great! You can enhance that by painting one final circle right in the center.

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When the piece is entirely dry, you can erase the pencil marks. I opted to keep them. For more advanced artists, they can continue to add colors and shapes as long as they are doing so in a continuous pattern. That is what makes the mandala a mandala!

One way to add to the experience of the mandala is to draw a shape on top of the dots already present, but in a contrasting color.

Children may also experiment with introducing a color that was not apart of their circles. They can also add shapes or other small details using a pencil, pen, or other medium to make it interesting, as well. Encourage them to stick to their pattern as much as possible, but more importantly, enjoy the process and it’s calming effect.

They can have a lot of fun with it and experience mindful creativity too!

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