Mandala is a Sanskrit word loosely translated to mean circle or center, but mandalas are much more than a shape!
A circular design with no beginning and no end, the mandala symbolizes a connection to ourselves and to the world around us. Creating and coloring mandalas can be a powerful way to promote relaxation, balance, and creativity.
In this lesson, we’ll bring the mandala into the natural world, by transforming it into a snail shell. Snail shells, too, have a naturally-occurring circular design, with a beautiful swirl.
- white paper
- coloring utensils (markers, colored pencils, or crayons)
- optional: colored construction paper, printer (if utilizing printable templates + mandalas)
- Mandala Snail Template (click to download)
- Mandalas Coloring Page (click to download)
- Start by looking at the Mandala Snail Template You can print this out to color, or you can use it as inspiration to draw your own snail parts on a blank sheet of paper.
- Next, either color one of the mandalas from the Mandalas Coloring Page or create and color your own design in the blank shell template…or both! When you are finished coloring, cut out your mandala shells.
- Color in your snail bodies, tentacles, and eyes, and then cut them out.
- Glue the snail bodies to a separate sheet of white or construction paper. If you have multiple snails, you can glue them to the same page, or give each snail its own page!
- Glue one eyeball to one end of each tentacle. Glue the other end of the tentacles to the snails’ heads.
- Glue your shells on top of the bodies, overlapping them just a little.
- Draw a mouth and any other details you want your snail to have, then give your snail a habitat by filling in the background.
You may have fun creating your own mandalas. All you need is a blank circle like the one on the snail template page. You could draw a design with a black marker, and then color it in. OR you could draw with many different colors.
With a string and some tape, turn your Mandalas into a garland, like this one:
Fun Facts about mandalas
Mandala is a Sanskrit word. Sanskrit is an ancient language from India. It is believed to be one of the three oldest known languages in the world! Mandalas often represent the universe, or wholeness, in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism.
Radial Symmetry is a type of symmetry in which the parts of a composition repeat and radiate around a central point in a circular pattern. Radial design has always been part of human artistic expression and can be found in many cultures.