We just loved finding this article about planting a "bulb" labyrinth. Many of our hand held labyrinths are used in settings with children. This is another wonderful example of inspiring and being inspired by children and the possibilities of labyrinths. See the entire article here.
- Why engage young people in constructing a labyrinth from flower bulbs?
Labyrinths are often constructed from stones, or from larger plant materials such as herbs, flowering perennials and shrubs. Planting bulbs directly into a lawn is a faster and easier way to create one. You can organize a planting, and enjoy the labyrinth as a temporary and beautiful construction that is simply mowed after the bulbs have flowered. It is a unique, low maintenance, creative, celebratory experience of nature and ancient customs.
Studies have shown that walking a labyrinth encourages right hemisphere activity in the brain, promotes a calm focused attention span, and mentally, physically, emotionally refreshes children, youth and adults who walk the path. It connects to history, math sequencing, philosophy, and even architecture. It promotes spiritual development without focusing on “religion.” Children report that they feel less angry or frustrated, and that they gain insight for solving problems. Some children may indicate a closeness for friends and others with whom they walk the labyrinth. Walking the labyrinth can help in the grieving process.
The labyrinth can provide a unique alternative to traditional playground activity, and the process promotes planning, collaborating, and connecting to the community.