A huge part of the Reggio Emilia style (which we try to emulate in our homes) is “The Environment” as the third teacher. You can see our “Environments” HERE. We try to make our children’s spaces inspiring and one of our elements is the use of mirrors. Mirrors spread light in a room and add light to dark corners.
|RLs art corner|
Using smaller mirrors in interesting ways can make a space festive and interesting.
Mirrors are not only in and around their playrooms, reflecting light in multiple dimensions, but we also incorporate them in other ways. They are a unique added element to play and they also support the child’s construction of his/her self-image in the play environment.
|AKs dress up/dramatic play area|
“Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountain, as high as possible.” – Loris Malaguzzi
There is something alluring about mirrors, particularly to children. They mirror whatever is in front them, they make letters look funny, they bounce sunlight off of them, and when combined with other mirrors in exploration, they reflect reflections infinitely. Want to get your child exploring? Incorporate a mirror.
|Exploring things from the natural environment with light and a mirror|
|writing in black sand on a mirror|
|adding dimension to building|
|creating with clay on top of a mirror|
|Using a mirror as a paint surface
The light exploration mirrors below cost $140.00!! Here is an easy and simple way to make your own.
6 pack of acrylic mirrors. Click on the picture for a direct link. Total cost is below 20.00 It only takes 4 mirrors to make, leaving you with 2 extra mirrors for play!
|RLs mirror station|
|RL used duct tape to connect her mirrors|
Leave a small space in between mirrors if you want to fold it up. If you want it a little bit taller you can turn them the other way and tape 3 mirrors across the back with one on each side.
|folded and ready to store|
|1×1 mirrors from Home Depot (these are breakable) AK used packaging tape to connect hers.|
|AKs folds for easy storage as well|