Mirrors are a big feature in my classroom and I get so many questions about them that I thought I’d do a quick post…
I have them all round my classroom and although I do love that they make it look inviting and aesthetically pleasing, they are all placed or used intentionally. Here are some of the ways I use them…
Mirrors as part of the Continuous Provision
I have mirrors in all the continuous provision areas in my classroom. I love how they help reflect the light & the resources. They also help the children look at things differently – they notice more when they see the reflections. Of course they do a lot of ‘admiring themselves’ at first, and interacting with each other, but they also start to notice details they wouldn’t have seen before. Safety is paramount and we have lots of discussions as mirrors or children are introduced to the space…
Mirrors on Shelving
I would love to have some of the gorgeous new furniture that is available these days, but our school budget won’t stretch to that at the moment so I have had to adapt what I have. Here you see some old shelving with rectangular acrylic mirrors from Ikea, blu-tacked to the back of them. I am still in the process of organising my classroom storage, and I’m not sure how these shelves will end up being used, but I love how they currently reflect the contents of the baskets, allowing the children to better-see what is in them. Sorry you can’t see the contents, I should have taken the photo from a better angle!
Makeshift Mirror Table
This mirror just ‘sits’ on the cable reels and we have used it for exploring various resources. Building with small blocks is a favourite activity on here – seeing the towers and creations ‘going down’ as well as up is fascinating and promotes great discussion!
Just like the makeshift mirror table above, we often use mirrors on tabletops or the floor. They add so much to an activity. I love watching the children as they notice the reflections and different dimensions…
I should mention that when we are working with ‘flat’ mirrors, extra boundaries should be set. I talk to the children very carefully about safety and also cover the back of them with masking or gaffer tape. This is to prevent them from shattering if broken – I have never had a child try to pick one up in all this time though; they are very good at sticking to the ‘rules’.
A lovely friend gave me the large mirror below after she had redecorated…
Simple mirrors from Ikea, or those intended for candles are great to use on table surfaces…
Mirrors in the Construction Area
I particularly love having mirrors in the construction area because as well as reflecting the light beautifully, the children can see behind what they are building too. Often, the mirror becomes ’part’ of what they are doing. Our construction area has wavy mirrors from Ikea (donated by a lovely TA) fixed to the wall and a large acrylic mirror from TTS, intended for the base of a tuff spot (activity tray). Acrylic mirrors scratch very easily, but this is brilliant used in this way as it is big, light and easily re-positioned.
I am still working on getting my construction area as I want it, but you can see a photo of the mirrors here:
Mirrors in Small World Play
If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you may have noticed that I also have a mirror in my small world area. Not only does it give a ‘bigger feel’ to the area, it also adds a whole new world to notice. I often see the children taking the figures up to it, to ‘peep inside’ (or just look at the reflection).
Mirrors behind the Light Panel
I would love mirrors stuck to the wall in this area, but the pipes and wires that are blocked in means there isn’t a regular surface to work with. The resources and light from the panel are reflected beautifully here – and we can also use the mirrors for ‘flat surface’ work if we wish…
Reflecting Light in a Dark Corner
Using Mirrors Outdoors
Obviously be careful not to reflect the sun…
Homemade Mirror Box
I made two different sizes of these and they are frequently used. Lots of fascination with the reflections – it really provokes exploration of the loose parts placed on it…
Homemade Triangular Prism Mirror Box and Trifold Mirror
Click on the photo to see how I made it…
Using Dry-Wipe Pens on Mirrors
Anything to encourage mark making!
Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend, if you’re lucky enough to have it, I’ll be back sharing our usual ‘classroom activities’ next week. Thanks for reading!
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– Rachel (“,)