Learning at Home: Mirror Play Activity

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Through this activity, your child practices self-observation. And as you interact together during this activity, you encourage healthy social-emotional and language development.

What You Need

  • Mirror
  • Your child’s toys

How to Do this Activity

If you have a mirror that’s easy to move, set it up on a table or the floor. Sit in front of it with your child and give her toys to play with. First, see what she does and give her ample time to explore on her own. Then, join her play and talk about what you can see in the mirror.

What Your Child Learns

She might begin to understand that she is separate from you — an important developmental milestone. She takes pleasure in seeing her image and may respond with a smile or gurgle.

Written by: Bright Horizons Education Team

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