I found a video posted on Pinterest that was about Mandalas and thought it would be a great lesson for my second graders. We had one week until Spring Break and I wanted something that I could teach in a 50 minute lesson.
Here is the link to the video:
I liked the calming music and the idea that silence was needed to let your imagination take the lead. I talked to the kids about the history and origin of mandalas before showing the video. Then, after viewing the video, I instructed the kids that there would be no talking during our mandala project. I handed out 7X7 in squares of paper, thin sharpies, and colored pencils. We started together. I drew the "seed" on my paper (the ground) using the document camera, then I had them start growing their mandalas. I continued to draw a few more things to my example before getting up and walking around the room to assist where needed.