„Environment is the third teacher“ said early childhood educator Reggio Emilia. Making a truly inspiring and interesting space for children is important for their development. Struggling how to do it? Use mirrors!
A psychiatrist Jacques Lacan noticed that babies between 15 and 18 months old look into the mirror and recognise themselves. This developmental milestone is an essential part of baby’s emerging self-awareness and unfolding identity as a unique individual.
Mirrors in daily life
Creating a play space surrounded by mirrors allows children to see their constructions or play objects from all angles contributing to better understanding of shapes and volume. Mirrors, in fact, can provide hours of interactive play for young children!
There is something alluring about mirrors for children. They enjoy looking at it and imitating various expressions, which could help to develop identification of feelings. You could also stand together in front of the mirror and guide the child through the body parts, pronouncing each word clearly and allowing the child to repeat. This way you will broaden child’s vocabulary.
Numerous benefits of mirrors in early childhood education inspired us to develop creativity set Forest Tales. Mirrored surface lovely forest animals help to learn about mysterious and fascinating world of mirrors.
Benefits of story-telling
Different shapes in the creativity set allow to create and perform numerous scenarios. Help your child to build a scenery and encourage to develop a story. Maybe it will be a story about hedgehog in the fog, bunny in the space, or the feast of forest creatures? Story telling skills are important part of enhancing creativity and contributing to free thinking.
Also, story-telling activities improve child’s abilities of communication and verbal proficiency. Children learn how to express their thoughts better, thus become more confident. Stories about characters facing difficult situations can help to face upcoming difficult circumstances in life. Create stories, learn, and enjoy time together!
Take Forest Tales, colourful paper, scissors, and paint. Cut various shapes, use some paint (on edu2 light table or paper), and build a scenery. Encourage kids to illustrate their ideas by developing a story. Ask them how they imagine their characters acting when changing the composition of the scenery. Repeat it several times and admire child’s imagination!