While the Reggio approach to early childhood education is not quite right for our family, I’ve always admired the beautiful materials used. Specifically the attention to light and reflection which seems to captivate the children exposed to these nurturing environments.
We’ve long had a light table for the children to play on, but we’ve only recently made them a mirror box. Reflections are after-all one of the most basic forms of optical illusions…
Mirror boxes really are quite simple to make. You merely need 3 square mirrors and some duct tape to secure them together, like so on the backside of the mirrors.
LittleMan and SunnyGirl wasted no time in setting up their toys and discussing how many reflections they could see.
It was especially fun to turn out the lights and break out the glow sticks!
Since I’m really not well versed in these sorts of things, I find myself often referring to others to learn how to use light and reflection in our home.
CAUTION! Twins at Play has an excellent guide to all things light play, I referred to their ideas when I made our DIY light table. An Everyday Story did a series of posts on Reggio materials, including the best sorts of mirrors to use. And Racheous Lovable Learning has many posts about beautiful Reggio-inspired play.
This post has been part of The ABCs of Raising Well-Rounded Geeklings series.
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