Toddler Art with with Mirrors and Dry Erase Markers

Mirrors and dry erase markers with glass beads: a drawing activity and fine motor fun for toddlers and preschoolers.

Sometimes we do an activity and I get so excited about it I can’t wait to share it with you. I’ve felt that way all day today! You may know how much I love doing mirror play activities with the hooligans. The kids just love exploring and creating when they can see their reflection and the refection of the items they’re playing with.  It’s also really fun for the kids to look down and see the ceiling or the sky – something that they’d normally have to look up to see.  Playing on a mirror gives a new perspective to the world around you .

This morning, we were doing something new with our mirrors.   We were drawing on the mirrors with dry erase markers and decorating them with colourful glass beads!  And it. was. cool.


Drawing activity with mirrors and dry erase markers and glass beads

Mirrors for play –  why a mirror makes a great play surface:

A mirror is a wonderful surface for a child to play on.  We’ve painted shaving cream “clouds” on our mirror, and explored sensory materials on our mirror.  We even a mirror as our Autumn Sensory Table this past fall. It’s rather fascinating to see the reflection and the under-side of the objects you’re playing with, and the children are always amazed when they realize that they’re looking DOWN at something they normally have to look UP to see: the sky, the clouds, the canopy of the trees or in today’s case, the living room ceiling.  The hooligans also love seeing their own faces looking back at them as they play.

drawing on a mirror with dry erase markers

What kind of mirrors do we use for play?

Until now, we’ve used a full-length wall mirror for our play surface.  Recently however, I was in the dollar store, and I spotted some mirrored tiles.  The tiles are about 12″x12″, and I immediately thought of Caution! Twins at Play, and how Mom Kristen incorporates mirrored tiles into her sons’ play activities.  I picked a couple of tiles up for $2.00 apiece, knowing we could do something creative with them.

placing glass beads on a drawing on a mirrorDrawing on a mirror with dry erase markers:

The other day, the idea came to me.  Knowing that a dry erase marker would wipe easily off the mirrors, I planned this drawing/fine-motor activity for the girls.

Supplies for our mirror and dry erase marker activity:

12x12 mirror, dry erase marker, glass beads and plastic rocks

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I gave each of the girls a mirror, a piece of paper towel and a dry erase marker.  I placed a piece of cloth under each mirror to protect the table, and I placed a container of beads and crystals between them.

The glass beads and plastic rocks that we use for activities like this are actually sold as vase fillers in most craft stores and dollar stores.  I’ve also provided affiliate links above in case you can’t find them in your local stores.

selecting beads for mirror and marker activity

I started things off by drawing some hearts, flowers, letters and small circles on the mirrors, and the girls filled in the drawings with their beads.

placing glass beads on a drawing on a mirror

Then I showed them how they could wipe their mirror clean and draw their own pictures, and they were off to the races.  wiping dry erase marker drawing off glass mirror

They spent the next hour drawing their own pictures, and decorating them, and then wiping the mirrors off and starting all over again.

drawing on a mirror with a dry erase marker

This activity was so fun!  The sensation of drawing on a slick piece of glass is really neat, and picking up those tiny gems and placing them just so was great for fine-motor skills..

mirrors and dry erase markers activity

 Then there was the colour sorting and patterning and the lovely sound of the stones clattering on the glass . Even sifting through the bin of cool, smooth beads and gems is a wonderful sensory experience, and always a treat for little ones.

mirrors and dry erase markers and beads - erasable art activity for kids

I have a feeling this is going to become a regular activity around here!

Looking for more easy drawing activities for toddlers and preschoolers?  Check out:

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    • happyhooligans says

      We’ve never had a problem with ours, but we don’t put anything terribly heavy on them, and obviously, we wouldn’t put them on the floor where they could be stepped on. If you’re concerned, I would recommend looking for a shatter-proof mirror, Brigette, or perhaps waiting until your child(ten) are old enough that they can understand the importance of playing gently when you’re using the mirror.

      • Chris Chesnutis says

        I think I will try this but I will probably frame the mirror with duct tape. Will also put tape on the back to reinforce it.

  1. says

    This is a super idea!

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  2. Susen says

    I’ve been seeing more and more activities with mirrors and can’t wait to try! I like the idea of dry erase markers too,especially since we have lots of them around here! Do the dry erase markers wipe easily off of the mirrors?

  3. says

    Jackie, I came across your page through one of the facebook crafts links(Shaving Cream Painting). All your ideas are so creative. They look simple but they are thoughtful. I have also read your About Me page, kids always gives us lots of new ideas and inspire us to do more…:)

    Do visit me whenever you have few extra minutes.
    I am adding you on facebook and google+


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