Friday, October 18, 2013

Mirror, mirror on the Wall

I've been enamoured of late with the idea of mirrors in the outdoor play space.

Not only do young children find mirrors engaging, but mirrors also add light and character, and open up a smaller outdoor play space.

Mirrors also make intriguing play surfaces.  

Or a surface for painting and sensory explorations with materials such as finger paints, shaving cream, sand or clay.

Add a mirror to the bottom of the water trough to experiment with reflections.

Kate from An Everyday Story gives a useful run down on different types of mirrors and different uses for mirrors in play in her post called (naturally enough) Mirrors.

KidSafe has some advice on the safe use of mirrors.

Have you used mirrors outdoors?


  1. I've not thought to use them in the outside spaces but am certainly inspired and thinking now! Thanks for all the lovely images and ideas Jenny.

  2. Love this collection of wonderful ideas. We'll be trying some of these! :)

  3. Just be careful where mirrors are placed outdoors as birds can be killed flying into them thinking it is an open space

  4. Wonderful pictures and neat...very happy I came across this site

  5. Mirrors can decorative and also provide entertainment for children.
    Distortion mirrors introduce interesting perspectives that fascinate kids and challenge their creativity. Concave, convex and funhouse mirrors keep kids entertained for hours.
    The Creativity Institute

  6. I hope 2014 proves to be a good year for you and yours!

  7. Jenny, I look for your blogs everyday, I hope you'll have more I find them so helpfull. I am here in southern california where we play outside alot !

  8. That's cool and beautiful. I would be loved to learn there :)

  9. We have an old mirror propped up against the fence in the backyard . We paint on it , and draw on it with textas, then just hose it down for the next picture .