Placing those little plastic gears on a piece of paper and using colored pens to create beautiful designs was not only fun it was rhythmic and calming. When you were finished you had something you were proud of.
I decided I needed a Spirograph. So off to the toy stores I went. I was unsuccessful at finding one at any local toy stores but I did stumble across something similar. The Magic Picture Maker by Alex.
It only includes one marker but I have a selection of colorful pens so I wasn't disappointed for very long.
This kit also includes stencils to reveal mystery pictures. While those are intriguing I felt they were a bit scripted so I left those in the box. I'll experiment with those another day.
I had forgotten that it takes a little time to get the perfect rhythm and circular motion going to create a perfect looking design so I ended up having to throw the first few designs in the trash.
Once I got the hang of it I started trying different gears to see how many designs I could create. I got caught up in making the designs and soon two hours had passed.
I love the finished product. I drew a few more designs but didn't color them in. I decided they could be templates that I could copy and give to my young child clients to color. Older clients could use the Magic Picture Maker and create the designs themselves. I could easily send these Mandalas home with them to color when they need to relax.
Life is so busy that we often forget to slow down and do something enjoyable. I'm not done playing with my new toy. It helped me put my focus on the present moment where time was not relevant. It brought to mind this quote:
"What did you do as a child that made the hours pass like minutes? Herein lies the key to your earthly pursuits." ~ Carl Jung
What childhood toy brought you enjoyment? Have you played with it lately?