Here are a few of our 5th grade Mandala designs.We focused on the historical concepts and radial symmetry.
Oil Pastels were used.
We used one quarter of the paper to design a template. This was spun and traced with the 'ole charcoal method.
Take a charcoal pencil and trace a design. This puts a nice dusty layer on the lines. Then, you flip over the paper and press the lines again (you can even rub the entire back with a spoon.) This presses your charcoal on to a new paper in the desired spot. "A poor-mans copy machine." In this design, that technique was repeated in a spiral (spinning)from a center point on a larger square. So, the kids pressed the design four times- one in each quadrant.