Coloring dot mandalas is a great brain break for kids who are finished with their work. The term mandala is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning “circle.” They can be used as a way to increase focus and creativity as well as decreasing impulsive behaviors. Tired of hearing this: “What do I do when I’m finished?” Have these handy dot mandalas on hand to keep kids busy and content. They can also be used to keep your students busy while you organize supplies at the beginning of the year. They have even been used in ESL classes to get kids relaxed and talking about their art. Kids discuss the colors and designs in their mandalas.