Mirrors add another dimension to learning. They can be used in various ways to enhance play and learning.
Add them to the walls, (at the child’s level, behind a point of interest – toys, a project and/or in a specific area [i.e. the block area]) on the surface of play and smaller mirrors within their play and learning.
With regards to provocations (invitations to play and explore); mirrors add beauty as well as encouraging a depth of inquiry. The 3D aspect that mirrors emphasize help children to view objects and play in new and different ways.
I think the use of mirrors in the play and learning environments can support the child’s construction and exploration of their self-image.
Mirrors provide the opportunity for kids to explore:
- their own movement, and
- Add a mirror to a space or two where it could add light and openness (i.e. a darker corner in a play space),
- Next time you set up an activity, consider using a mirror as a surface or behind the set up,
- Consider incorporating mirrors in art explorations in the future, and
- Add hand-held mirrors to your nature tray/shelf if you have one.