Today I’m sharing 5 of my favourite mirror play activities for preschoolers and toddlers. They all provide lots of fun and learning and they add an exciting new dimension and perspective to every day activities.
The hooligans always get excited when they see me remove our dress-up mirror from the wall because they know I have some extra-special fun in mind.
Ours is a 3/4 length, framed mirror that I found at a thrift shop a couple of years ago. I think I paid 5 bucks for it. Ours is not shatterproof, but if you’d be more comfortable with one that is, they carry them at teacher supply stores.
When we’re using our mirror for play, I place it on an old coffee table in the backyard. It serves as a wonderful surface on which the hooligans can create art or examine interesting objects and substances.
The smooth, shiny surface of the mirror is perfect for paint brushes and fingers to slide around on. The mirror produces some lovely sounds too when we scatter buttons beads and beans around on it, The kids love the clickity-clackety sounds they make.
The kids love to see their own faces looking back at them while they work, and it’s very cool to see the blue sky, clouds, and leafy branches of the reflected beneath them as they play and create.
I hope your hooligans enjoy these activities as much as mine do. There is a coloured link below each photo for you to click through on. This will allow you to see the full details of each activity, along with photos of all the fun that was had.
5 Fun and Creative Mirror Play Activities:
1. Sensory Play On A Mirror: A mirror is great for exploring small, interesting loose parts. In this post, you’ll see how the hooligans experiment with and examine a variety of small objects and instruments.
2. Painting Clouds on a Mirror: This is a terrific mix of sensory play and art. The blue sky reflecting in the mirror provides the perfect surface for painting big, fluffy clouds. For obvious reasons, this is an absolute favourite for kids who love messy, sensory play.
3. Mirror Play with Beads and Dry Erase Markers: We use small, mirrored tiles (that I picked up at the Dollar Store) for this activity. I make this activity available to the hooligans all winter long, and they spend many a morning drawing, erasing and creating on these individual, mirrored work stations.
4. Mirrored Nature Table: A mirror is a wonderful place for children to explore seasonal materials. We use a mix of natural and artificial goodies for our nature tables. The colours and textures are made even more interesting by the mirrored surface beneath them.
And lastly, one of my very favourite ways to use mirrors for play:
5. Painting on a mirror: Watching your lines designs and clouds appear in duplicate is wonderful when you paint on a reflective surface. The way the paintbrush glides so smoothly over the mirror is lovely too. This activity always keeps the kids busy and entertained for ages. And when we’re finished, scrubbing the mirror clean is another fun activity in itself.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.