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Outdoor Mandala

Outdoor Mandala

Spring 2013 Toys
Ages: 5 & Up
Manufacturer: Ravensburger
Price: $24.99

Take your child's chalk drawings to a new level with the Outdoor Mandala Designer kit from Ravensburger. Each kit contains one large mandala stencil and 6 pieces of brightly colored chalk. Children begin by drawing a circle around the mandala and selecting a pattern that they want to create. Above each object is an arrow on the edge of the circle. There are sixteen arrows in total, bordering the circle like the ticks on a clock. Children make a chalk mark to indicate their starting point on the circle and then rotate the template until the next arrow (or however many spaces they want to rotate) lines up with their first chalk mark. They then fill in their pattern at that location and continue rotating and filling until they have completed a full circle of their pattern.

There are several objects on the template and children can mix and match as they choose to create an endless number of mandala patterns. Our four-year old tester quickly figured out the concept and enjoyed making several colorful designs. The template can be reused time and time again, making this a fun outdoor activity for kids of all ages.

Jessica Hensley   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Jessica Hensley is a web designer, yoga and fitness enthusiast and proud mother of two very active young boys. She has been working with family and educational websites for over 12 years.

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