Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror Elizabeth

Put baby in front of a mirror so they can begin observing themselves.

Materials Needed:

  • A mirror (a hand held mirror is sufficient for this game) OR a mirror attached to the wall.

What to do:

  • Place baby, in front of the mirror (you may have to sit and support baby or place pillows around baby for extra support while sitting).
  • Knock on the mirror to gain baby’s attention.
  • As baby looks in the mirror describe what baby is seeing. “That’s you, that me in the mirror”.
  • While in front of the mirror point to baby’s facial features and name them “here is your nose, here are your eyes” etc.
  • When looking at baby through the mirror make funny faces and observe how baby responds.
  • Baby will begin to observe their own expressions while looking at the mirror.

Hints and Tips:

  • Watch your baby when they begin to explore themselves in front of the mirror.
  • Take videos/photos to record their first experience of seeing themselves.
  • Place a mirror in baby’s play area. If using, a mirror attached to the wall make sure that it is secured properly.

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 6 to 12 months
  • Number of Children: Individual (1), Couple (2), Few (3), Small Group (4)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    - Able to recognize self in mirror.
    - Makes vocal sounds when happy.
    - Uses distinct facial expressions to show signs of emotions.
    - Moves eyes to the direction of sound.
    - Makes gurgling noises while playing.
    - Begins to reach for objects.
    - Places objects in mouth for further exploration.

  • Play Based Learning: Exploratory Play
  • Interest Areas: Home Corner
  • Games Categories: Cognitive Development, Language Development, Learning Games, Social and Emotional
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 1, Learning Outcome 4, Learning Outcome 5
  • Sub Outcomes:

    LO1 - Children Have A Strong Sense Of Identity

    1.1 Children feel safe secure and supported

    1.3 Children develop knowledgeable and confident self identities

    LO4 - Children Are Confident And Involved Learners

    4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity cooperation confidence creativity commitment enthusiasm persistence imagination and reflexivity

    LO5 - Children Are Effective Communicators

    5.1 Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes

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Last modified on Friday, February 6, 2015
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