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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. 
AKs playroom

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.
Face Painting
Face Painting
 
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

building

creating

water beads

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

Building on mirror table


DO IT YOURSELF MIRROR EXPLORATION STATION 

The light exploration mirrors below cost $140.00!!  Here is an easy and simple way to make your own.

Mirror Exploration Station
Acrylic Mirror Trays - Set of 6
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

- AK/RL

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8 Responses to Mirror Exploration

  1. Thank you for the new ideas that incorporate mirrors. My daughter has a severe cortical vision impairment (CVI) and mirrors, light and reflection really catch her attention so I am always happy to find new things to try!

  2. Trisha says:

    Thank you for the post…I love this! You can get a 4 pack of 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 mirrors at Ikea for $9.99. But they are real and breakable. Do the acrylic mirrors hold up well or get scratched easily? Thanks!

    • Jeanine says:

      I received a package of acrylic mirrors for my toddler classroom, and sadly, they are very easily scratched. I would love to know if someone has a good alternative for toddlers.

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