Being out in nature and creating beauty makes a heart happy. When one can combine nature, beauty and learning it is a bonus. With all the beautiful mandalas being shared I was inspired to take the kids out and create our own. This time making the mandala became a cooperative and visual processing activity.
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Nature Treasure Hunt Mandala Visual Processing Activity
This visual processing activity involves visual scanning when looking for the nature items, visual figure ground (which means finding shapes and objects in a crowded field of vision) and visual-spatial skills when placing the nature clippings in the mandala pattern.
Target Skills for making a Nature Mandala:
Visual Scanning, Visual-Spatial Processing, Co-operation, Following Directions
Materials you need to make a nature mandala:
Children and Nature
Instructions on how to turn this nature mandala into a cooperative vision game:
- Make teams of 2 children per team.
- Divide the area where the mandala will be made into 4 equal quadrants. You can use sticks or chalk to show the areas.
- First, have everyone agree on what to place in the center.
- Give the children directions on what to find: “Go find something purple.” Or “Go find something soft.” The kids should go find the items as a team so they both come back with the same item.
- When the children return with their items have them take turns placing the item in their quadrant of the mandala.
- The other child needs to copy the placement on their own quadrant.
- This is much harder than it sounds as the objects may need to be flipped to properly mirror the other quadrant.
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