Flower ‘n’ Spice Play Dough Mandalas

Flowers ‘n’ spice and everything nice went into these lovely little mandalas!


“What’s a mandala Ms. Angela?” was the immediate question I received after telling the kids what would be making together. While showing the kids a mandala coloring sheet I brought in for them, I explained that a mandala is a circle with a center.  It has patterns.  “As you work on a mandala,” I explained, “you become calm and reflect on the beautiful parts inside yourself.”

Inspiration for this project came directly from Nuture Store’s wonderful post about Play Dough Rangoli Mandalas.  The instant I saw these mandalas I knew I would have to make them (with an herbal flare) at the preschool as part of our unit on Mindful Self Care.

herbal mandalas

Materials ~

  • Play Dough (To enhance relaxation during this project I made play dough scented with lavender essential oil and colored lightly with beet powder.)
  • Lids of some sort ~ like the lids from yogurt containers or jars
  • Pretty botanicals to design with ~ we used baby rose buds, hawthorn berries, star anise and tiny fragrant cardamom seeds.

mandala botanicals

Directions ~

  • Set up your materials on a table.  I laid out the botanicals on a paint palate and put lids in the center of the table.
  • Give the children a brief age-appropriate description of a mandala.
  • Have each child choose a lid and write their name on the bottom.
  • Give them some play dough to press into their lid.  Remind them that a mandala is a circle and to press their play dough up to the edges of the lid.  You might need to help really little kids.
  • Then let them design!  You might want to tell the children to press the herbs into the play dough so the herbs will stick.
  • On a separate table, if you wish set up coloring materials and mandala coloring sheets for the children to enjoy as well.  A quick search online will give you lots of mandala coloring sheet to choose from.

creating a mandala

Our finished mandalas smelled amazing!  Some of the children really got into this project.  I could see and feel their minds and bodies relaxing as they carefully pressed each plant into their play dough.  They would pick up a plant, smell it taking a deep breath and then place it in the perfect spot on their play dough canvas.

herbal mandala

More Mindful Self Care For Children ~

Meditation Friends

An Aromatic State Of Mind

More Play Dough Fun ~

Herbal Play Dough

A Happy First Day of Preschool With Calming Aromatherapy

Cinnamon Day ~ Herbs For Kids ~

Rose and Chocolate Play Dough

Shared On:  Eco-Kids Tuesday, The Kid’s Co-op, It’s Playtime, Kids Get Crafty

Categories: Aromatherapy For Kids, Herbal Crafts And Projects, Herbs For Kids and Mamas, Lesson Plans For Preschool And Home, Mindful Self Care, Play Dough, Playing With Herbs, Roses | Tags: , , | 12 Comments

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12 thoughts on “Flower ‘n’ Spice Play Dough Mandalas

  1. such a lovely idea!!

  2. These look fabulous and I love your explanation about mandalas. I am definitely keen to try this one day with my kids.

  3. I found your port through the link up at Kids Activities Blog, you were my neighbor 🙂
    I love it!
    I have all these materials I gathered for making olfactory letters, and now I know how to extend them.

  4. really beautiful. I’ve seen the ones on Nurturestore too. I love how you used Star anise.

    • Thanks! That post from Nurturestore just stuck with me for so long, what a fun idea. I just love star anise. I end up using it a lot with kids and they always “oh and ah” over the pretty little stars.

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  6. I love this!!! Thanks again for sharing with at Eco-Kids Tusday! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2013/03/nifty-thrifting-at-eco-kids-tuesday.html

  7. This looks (and I am guessing smells) divine! So fun! I’ll be featuring your post as part of my Ways To Have Happy Kids roundup from the Weekly Kids’ Co-op. Thanks for sharing. xoxo P

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