This post was contributed by Dyan of And Next Comes L.
Some Valentine’s Day Kids Play with the Mirror Box!
Every couple of weeks or so I like to go on a treasure hunt in the dollar store, searching for new transparent objects to use on our light table. And every so often I come across something that I can disassemble that would make a fun light table accessory. The latest find was a couple of different Valentine’s Day heart mobiles. They were bright red and transparent – so a perfect candidate for light table play. They ending up looking amazing on the light table, but we have found lots of different ways to use them. For instance, here’s a simple invitation for some kids play with them and our DIY mirror box.
Mirror Kids Play for Valentine’s Day
Mirror box play is such a fun way to explore symmetry, reflection, and patterns. And the boys enjoy watching how certain objects in the mirror box can make new shapes. I was curious to see how they would use the hearts from the heart mobile in the mirror box.
For this invitation to play, I set out the transparent hearts, some red and pink buttons, and the mirror box.
My two year old, K, showed little interest in this kids play setup. My four year old, J, on the other hand, spent a long time exploring. J reached for the buttons first, creating a beautiful button design.
J then moved onto the hearts and spent a long time playing with them. He initially started with just a few hearts.
But it wasn’t long until he started layering the hearts, creating a really beautiful design in the mirror box.
Invitations to play like this one are always so interesting to watch unfold. I am never sure how the boys will respond to them or the direction they will choose to take the materials, but it always ends up amazing or surprising me. And I like that.