Kōrero about or revisit the concept of flow. Some student may need to engage in physical activity before being able to relax and get ‘in the zone’. A quick game of Fruit Salad should do the trick!
Invite tamariki to select mandala one, two or three, along with some colouring materials, and let them know they’ll have about 15 minutes for the activity, and don’t need to fully complete it now.
Reinforce that the focus of this exercise is to relax and enjoy the colouring, rather than feel pressure to finish it. They’ll be able to do this at another time.
Encourage those who find it difficult. You may like to allow those who really struggle to do some quiet reading or drawing.
When you near the end of the time available, let students know you’ll be finishing in a few minutes but that they can take the worksheet home to finish (or give them some more time later in the day).
End by asking everyone to put their pencils down, and ask them how they’re feeling.
- Could they use colouring (or a similar activity) to calm down?
- When could they do this type of activity?
We recommend students get 15 to 30 minutes of flow-based activity a day.