Incorporating Mirrors | Day 22 – 30 Days TYP

Using Mirrors in Art, Exploration and Play - Day 22 of 30 Days to Transform Your Play {An Everyday Story}

Incorporating Mirrors - Day 22 Transform Your Play series {An Everyday Story}

30 Days to Transform Your Play

Hi all. Day 22 of our 30 Days to Transform Your Play series and we are talking about mirrors.

Using Mirrors in Art, Exploration and Play - Day 22 of 30 Days to Transform Your Play {An Everyday Story}Over the last few years I have seen more and more people incorporating mirrors into their children’s play. Questions have gone from why are you using mirrors? and aren’t you afraid your child will break them? to where do you buy your mirrors and how can I use them more effectively?

For today’s post I thought I would talk a little about incorporating mirrors in your child’s play along some of the ways we use mirrors most effectively.

I have written about mirrors a few times before; this post on Using Mirrors, this one on enhancing play with mirrors and this one on Mirrors & Buttons for Sarah (which is one of my most popular posts) when she was only 15 months old.

Here’s a little something I wrote in that post:

One of the first things I noticed when we started going to our Reggio-inspired playgroup was the use of mirrors. Not just in the dress-up corner but in all corners of the room; on the tables with the activities, on the ceiling, behind plants and down low on the walls. They looked beautiful, but with all things Reggio, they had to have a purpose. Everything in the Reggio-inspired environment is carefully considered.

Then I started to notice the children interact with the mirrors. They move beyond admiring their own reflection in different funny wigs and start to see how different objects appear when reflected in the mirror. They start to use objects differently; they use the mirror as part of their play and their inquiry.

In the block corner, suddenly another side is visible, the children will look at what they are building not only from the front but also as it is reflected in the mirror; you can see them thinking as they consider this other dimension to their play.

When a mirror is offered as part of an art experience, say underneath a lump of clay, the children work differently than when the clay is placed on a tile. The mirror becomes a part of what they are creating. I have noticed Jack making joining towers as he called them, using small pieces of clay and then the reflection to make the two towers join…” keep reading

Exploring Reggio - Making faces - An Everyday StoryIncorporating Mirrors:

Since writing this post, using mirrors in Jack and Sarah’s explorations (including art) has become second nature; I am always reaching for a mirror to complete the set-up.

You can use a mirror:

Reggio activities - Exploring light and colour with loose material on a mirror - An Everyday Story

reggio emilia painting using mirrors outdoors {An Everyday Story}

and here’s a little inspiration for you…

Pinterest Inspiration

Follow Kate – An Everyday Story’s board Reggio: Mirrors on Pinterest.

Come and share your set-ups incorporating mirrors on Facebook or on Instagram using #30daystyp

If you missed a post, here’s the rest of the series.

Don’t forget to check out Rachel’s posts on Racheous – Lovable Learning

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7 Replies to “Incorporating Mirrors | Day 22 – 30 Days TYP”

  1. Kate, I just purchased a few 10 x 10 mirrors at IKEA with the intention for play. Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. I’d say that has been the biggest influence from your blog on our play over the last year – purchasing mirrors and using them in our play. Thank you!

  3. Hi Kate
    I am in the process of finding mirrors for my two year old’s outdoor art studio/cubby. I will be getting some smaller mirrors for playing on top of, but I have found a tall mirror from a disused wardrobe that I want to give to him, but am not sure where to put it. At the moment the only place it will fit is behind him as he works, but will he benefit from that (it will provide a lovely reflection of the trees and sky, waldorf-style)? Should I reposition his painting easel so it is next to the mirror? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  4. This has been such a thought provoking series with so much great information. We recently decorated my son’s room and because of your posts I found myself really thinking about what his play style and interests were when deciding what or what not to do with it. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. discoverychris says:

    Lovely ideas! Just wanted to say WRT painting on a mirror–should a child get upset that they can’t keep the painting, you can take a monoprint by laying a sheet of construction paper (sturdy paper works best) on top of the artwork, gently patting, and lifting off. I do this with fingerpainting on trays.
    Thank you for some wonderful ideas!

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