10 Dharma-Inspired Craft Projects
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With families staying home together right now, it’s a perfect moment to engage in some arts and crafts activities. We’ve put together this list of craft projects that can provide children with a tactile, engaged connection to the dharma.
Precious Human Birth
This activity from Bodhi Kids invites children to explore the idea of life being precious and rare through a craft project and a parable about a turtle.
The Rubin Museum’s Teen Programs have been using the museum’s collection to explore ideas of mindfulness and protection. To connect these themes of safe and protective objects to their personal narratives, teens create their own portable safe spaces using cigar boxes. Learn how to make your own box shrine using recycled and other meaningful objects.
Prayer flags are believed to bring happiness, long life, and prosperity to those who create them. Each color has a special meaning: blue/space, white/air, red/fire, green/water, and yellow/earth. Tibetan prayer flags can even be made with classes or groups and hung together to create a fun and peaceful environment!
This printable guide allows you to explore the power of masks.
This craft project is a very tangible way to give children (and adults!) an experience of mindfulness.
A fun crafts project from The Rubin Museum of Art to teach kids about the iconography of clouds in Buddhist paintings.
A DIY art project to make a landscape from salt, water, a glass cup, and some paint!
A DIY activity to turn used papers, magazines, and gift wrapping into cool beads for necklaces and bracelets.
Kids love creating with playdough! Why not make it at home to add to the fun? Use ingredients that may already be available in your kitchen to put your own spin on this classic.
A lesson with everything needed to help children make an origami representation of the Buddha sitting on a lotus. Students can learn about and reflect on the significance of the Buddha and the Lotus, and set intentions to create paper models as offerings.
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Middle Way Education is a global, open source platform for sharing resources that support dharma education for children. Our hope is to create pathways for traditional Buddhist wisdom and knowledge to enhance modern education for the benefit of this and future generations.