How to Play with Grapat Mandalas Loose Parts

We see a lot of questions about the Grapat Mandala pieces and Loose Parts Play. When can kids start playing with them? What sets should I get first? How many do they need? How do kids play with them?

Grapat Mandala Play via @jesspartyof4

Photo via @jesspartyof4

When can kids start playing with them?

First things first - Safety! - the Grapat Mandala kits are rated for ages 3+. They are small pieces and are a choking hazard for younger kids. If you are looking for loose parts that smaller children can safely play with I recommend the Grapat rings, coins, and nins. Plus these can be combined with the mandala pieces once your children are a little older for even more fun and possibilities.

Grapat Loose Parts Play by nester.wanders

Grapat Loose Parts Play by @nester.wanders

What sets should I get first?

There are currently 9 different mandala sets, which can be a LOT to start with. Pictured below are 8 of the 9 - yellow honeycombs, pink flowers, brown mushrooms, blue raindrops, green cones, red pines, orange cones, and purple eggs. Missing are the blue coins.

Grapat Mandala kits Photo by @nester.wanders

Photo of Grapat Mandala sets by @nester.wanders

 If you are just starting out, I recommend getting:

  • blue raindrops
  • green cones
  • pink flowers or purple eggs
  • yellow honeycombs

It'll give you a variety of colours and shapes, plus they come with some built in building and play options. The green cones + pink / purple can make flowers. The blue can be rain or water droplets. 

Plus if you have some rings and coins the possibilities are endless!

Grapat Mandala Play Ideas photo by @nester.wanders

Photo of Grapat Mandala Play Ideas by @nester.wanders

How many do I need?

The Mandala sets each come with 36 pieces - 12 of each of the three shades in the set. Over 9 sets that can be a LOT of little pieces.

Some people will buy several/all the sets and then split the sets amongst several sets of friends. It can be difficult to know in advance what toys your kids will actually like to play with and splitting sets can let you test the waters without having to commit to a huge amount.

Personally, I prefer the full sets. It allows me to build more and larger patterns since I have all the shades and shapes.

Grapat Mandala Sets - Play Ideas

My eldest regularly pulls out our Grapat Mandala pieces to build patterns. It helps him find a place of calm and stillness when he's overwhelmed and having trouble regulating. And do you know what I've learned from watching him? It helps me too!

That's right, these are definitely a toy that is much fun for the adults as the kids.

What are some Play Ideas?

  • Colour sorting
  • Pattern matching and extension
  • Mandala building
  • Create scenes
  • Calm down / Self-regulation play
  • Small world play (use them along with other open-ended toys)

Play Ideas Grapat Mandala Kit by jesspartyof4

Scene built from Grapat Mandala kits by @jesspartyof4

Grapat Mandala Play Ideas by jesspartyof4

Flowers built using Grapat Mandala kits - green cones, blue raindrops, purple eggs, yellow honeycombs, red pines, pink flowers plus Grimms natural stacking bowls - by @jesspartyof4

Grapat Mandala Loose Parts Play by nester.wanders

Loose Parts Play with Colour Wheel, showing how you can incorporate the rings and coins and nins and gnomes by @nester.wanders

And sometimes I simply display our Grapat Mandala pieces because they are simple and beautiful to look at.

Grapat Mandala Pieces by tinyhumanhouse

Photo of Grapat Mandala pieces in a bowl made from repurposed t-shirts via @tinyhumanhouse 

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Jana Reid

Comments

Jana Reid

Hello hello
I’ve ordered some as you recommended but I don’t see any “ they come with some built in building and play options”. Could you please let me know what you mean by that? Many thanks

Jana Reid

Fantastic and inspiring ideas. Thank you .

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