I've written about our love for colouring Mandalas before & when Hug asked me to print some off this morning I stumbled across a link to Labyrinths and was thrilled to find some 'Finger Labyriths' to print out.
I'm sure I've read somewhere about these being used in the classroom as a Montessori activity that the child can choose or possibly be directed to. I have printed out these 2 labyriths onto silver cardstock & cut them out as circles & they're really simple but quite beautiful. I imagine that it might be good to sensitize the fingertips in advance of tracing the labyrith & have included 2 links that refer to this: here and here.
Walking a labyrinth - be it with your legs or your fingers - can bring you a sense of calm, of balance and comfort. It's meditative. We walked a big one on Saturday & I always love it.
Here are some helpful tips:
+Work with your non-dominant hand.
+'Walk' into the centre.
+Rest in the centre.
+Notice what you notice.
Montessori by Hand (now Sew Liberated) has a great post about a labyrinth they actually created in Mexico & now that I've googled a bit I've discovered that you can buy a wooden hand-held labyrinth from Montessori Services.
I'll present it to the boys this week & let you know how it goes. I plan to add a few more peaceful elements like a peace bell or sand-raking work over time too. If you have any good suggestions please add them :)