Recycled Nature Mandala Craft for Kids January 13 2013

This is a great Winter craft using natural materials indoors on a cold day!

These Nature Mandalas were made by 2-4 year olds but they can be enjoyed by all ages with more intricate results.

Materials:

Recycled cds

recycled house paint or gesso

Glue

Paint brush

Seeds, grains and spices (turmeric, paprika, mung beans, black sesame seeds, amaranth, red quinoa, mica flakes, etc.)

Step 1: For the parent or older child - Paint your old cds white with gesso or recycled house paint, let dry

Step 2: Brush glue on cd and sprinke spices on

Option - you can brush on a specific design and tap off excess into an empty bowl, then brush on another area, sprinkle and tap

Step 3: Squeeze glue onto cd (dots, lines, circles, etc.) and sprinkle on seeds or grains (tap excess out into bowl)

Display: When dry, stick a magnet on the back for fridge art, or loop some string through the hole and hang as a window ornament or X-mas ornament.

Younger Child Option: for the younger 2 year olds, I cut out big pieces of cardboard and painted them white so they would have a larger surface to play on.