by Shen Li Lee
The Mandala activity helps to train observation skills and to develop the right brain‘s photographic memory.
You can create your own Mandalas. Start with simple patterns using only two or three colours and gradually increase the number of colours and difficulty. Give your child a set of colour pencils and a black and white outline of the Mandala:
Show your child the coloured Mandala pattern for about 10 seconds, then cover it.
Ask your child to mark in the colours – just a line showing where each colour should be will suffice. Your child can colour in the Mandala later as a colouring activity. Check the colours off against the original Mandala to see if they are marked correctly.
The second part to this exercise is intended for older children. Give your child a blank sheet of paper and the colour pencils again. Flash the Mandala pattern three times for 10 seconds each time, then cover it. Ask your child to draw out the pattern and add the colours. Reveal the original Mandala pattern and see if the Mandala your child has drawn is the same.
The Mandala activity also trains the imaging ability of the right brain because the idea is to take a snapshot of the pattern and draw it out again based on the “photo” of the image you have in your head. In Heguru, the parents usually draw the outline and the children add in the colour.
What you want your child to do is to take a mental photograph of the Mandala so that all he has to do is copy the picture he has in his mind.