[Source: The Art of Social Work]
This is a simple intervention to explore emotions with children.
- Simply print off a variety of mandalas and allow the child to choose one to color.
- Ask the child to list the feelings they typical have below or above the mandala and draw a small circle next to each feeling.
- Have the child pick a color for each feeling and fill in the circles with the colors to use a guide to remember which colors belong to which feelings.
- Invite the child to color the mandala with the feelings color to show how often they have the feelings. For example, “Now you can start coloring. “If there is a feeling you have a lot of in your life, color more of the picture with that color. If there is a feeling you don’t notice having very much, only color a little of the picture with that color.”