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Mandalas | 3rd & 4th Grade


Materials you will need:

White paper
Things to color with like markers, crayons, colored pencils
Sharpies (optional)
Crayola Twistable Neon Crayons (optional)



1.  Start by showing and discussing mandalas around the world.  There is a slideshow linked above or create your own.

2.  Demonstrate how to use a compass.  Create three to five concentric circles starting from a point in the center of your paper.

3.  Repeat patterns all the way around your circles using radial symmetry.  Radial symmetry:  repeating shapes and patterns evenly from the center outward.  Draw the big shapes with pencil first.

4.  Use Sharpie or fine point markers to color your designs.

5.  Cut out and glue to a colored background that accentuates your design.


I thought I would try something different in my blogging style today and write it up more like a lesson plan with goals and materials.   Is that helpful or do you not really care?

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About Marcia Beckett

Marcia is an elementary art teacher and loves painting, drawing, sculpture, art journaling and clay. Her blog, Art is Basic, features many exciting art projects for kids.

12 Responses to Mandalas | 3rd & 4th Grade

  1. 1964 says:

    very nice work ….ill sent you the same project i did this week …a littlt different only in blueand white….

  2. mrs jones says:

    The lesson plan format makes the project easier to follow as the your steps are clear and concise. Additionally I like how you have given options for the materials that can be used.

  3. It’s very helpful to get the lesson plan format – thanks!

  4. Andrea says:

    Very helpful to have the whole plan w/ pics! Thank you!

  5. Love the plan with goals, steps, links etc! Thank you!

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  12. Jane says:

    Thanks so much for setting up like a lesson plan, a great help!

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