week 7: beach combing and beach craft
duration: 2 hours
This week, we are going to the beach! It's hands down one of my favourite places to go with the family, there is always so much to see and do. Either just strolling along, feeling the wind in your hair and the sand between your toes or engaging in a beach activity, the beach never fails to entertain. For me, going to the beach is the easiest way to relax and unwind, a simple pleasure that's completely free.
When we hit the beach, my kids almost always find a stick and start tracing tracks. It's a strangely satisfying activity, aimlessly wandering along the beach, drawing in the sand.
But since us adults usually want a little more direction, and since we are programmed to work towards results, I gave this beach challenge a concrete goal; to create a dazzling beach mandala. We will combine drawing shapes in the sand with a beach combing activity every kid will love, resulting in a stunning piece of beach art.
Here's your template for your screen-free activity:
Creating A Mandala On The Beach
1. what is a mandala?
Mandala is a Sanskrit word that loosely translates to circle' or 'centre' and represents the universe. Mandalas generally have one identifiable center point, from which emanates an array of symbols, shapes and forms.
Colouring and drawing mandalas has become hugely popular and is often used for relaxation, stress-relief and meditation.
I chose the mandala symbol as our beach craft, because they simply look amazing while they are relatively easy to create, win-win!
2. beach combing: to plan or not to plan
You can either start with a blank page (sandy stretch) and let your findings lead you. Your mandala will grow organically depending on everybody's input.
If you are a planner and you'd prefer to come to the beach prepared, check out some beach mandalas here. With a specific mandala in mind, you can send out your little beach combers and let them hunt for that perfect pebble or coloured shell.
3. beach crafting
Once you have collected the first items, it's time for your inner artist to take over and create your dazzling beach mandala.
- Start with a large and unique item as your center piece, for example a rock, pebble or piece of coral.
- Work outwards from there. Easiest to do is to create bigger circles around the center piece and fill in the empty spaces between. Have fun with the pattern that starts to emerge before your eyes.
- Mandala do not have to be round nor do they have to be symmetrical. Spirals also work amazingly well.
- Let creativity lead you and see where you go!
4. other crafts to do at the beach
5. share your results
Circular mandalas made entirely out of shells or asymmetrical shapes created with pebbles, seaweed and coral, we want to see your works of art! Share them with our community here. And in case you're on instagram, post your mandala on Monday using #mandalamonday (some beautiful inspiration there).
6. more mandala art
Drawing and creating mandalas can become a little addictive, because they are just so pretty. If you'd like to explore them a little more in different settings, check this post Mandala Art for Kids. And of course there is no shame in admitting you are pretty hooked yourself... I enjoyed this tutorial on how to draw mandalas and there are a ton of printable mandala colouring pages available online for some blissful de-stressing.
week 7: creating a mandala on the beach - results
Wow this challenge was such a success! I told the kids we were heading to the beach to create a mandala and showed them some examples on Pinterest. They both got really excited, Aiden was in charge of positioning the shells and Alex was Head Beach Comber, finding the colourful items needed for their pattern.
We found a vibrant purple jellyfish we used as our center piece and worked outwards from there. The kids got so stuck in, all I had to do was to watch the mandala grow and take pictures. What a blissful afternoon.
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here's the schedule again:
12 weeks, 12 screen-free activities
- 1Rainbow Nature Crafts | 1st April
- 2Gardening with kids | 8th April
- 3Kids Forest Rangers | 15th April
- 4DIY Unicorn Headband Crafts | 22nd April
- 5Animal Encounters | 29th April
- 6Kids Vegetable Garden | 6th May
- 7Beach Combing & Crafts | 13th May
- 8Cooking a family BBQ | 20th May
- 9Tourist in home town | 27th May
- 10Forest Scavenger Hunt | 3rd June
- 11Overnight camping trip | 10th June
- 12Discover the Underwater world | 17th June