This week the children have been exploring reflection with the use of mirrors in different sizes. The teachers took this exploration outdoors during the children’s playtime and set up a sensory provocation using two different sized mirrors underneath the patio with some materials on top of each of them. One mirror offered play with transparent legos and the other mirror offered play with playdough and small tree twigs. The purpose of this was to encourage the children to come and investigate the reflection of themselves and the materials used.
The children were immediately inticed to come over and explore. It didn’t take long before they all were engaged in activity. Some of the children took more of an interest in laying on the mirror and looking down at their reflection as they made faces. Some would glance at themselves as they played and even seemed to look at the reflection of the things they were building in attempt to make a comparison.
The mirror added an element that supported the children’s construction of their self image in their play environment. Mirror play allows the children to become familiar with faces and different expressions. It not only allows them to practice focusing on things and tracking images with their eyes, but it’s an early step towards their emotional development as they begin to notice how their own expression changes, which, once they are older can lead into talking about how they are feeling.