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When children catch sight of their reflection in a window or mirror,  provide children with reflective and nonreflective materials or objects so that they can explore reflective properties.       

Questions You May Ask 

⚙What do you see when you look in the mirror?

What else can you use to make a reflection? 

⚙How does your reflection change when you use different materials? What happens to your reflection when you move your [body, hand, foot, arm, head] [up, down, left, right]?

What happens to your reflection if we move this object [behind, in front of, above] you?                

Related Children's Books

I See Myself by Vicki Cobb 

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1.5 years and up

Time and Place

⚙Any time of day

⚙Any time of year

⚙Indoors or outdoors


⚙Shatter resistant mirror

⚙Reflective and nonreflective materials (e.g., aluminum foil, water, wood)  


Optional Materials 

​⚙Additional reflective materials and objects (e.g., puddles, plastic, metal spoons)                                    


⚙Supervise children at all times 
⚙Exercise caution if using an actual mirror or any other breakable object


Play-based Context

Two preschoolers were playing outside when they noticed their reflections in the glass panel of a door. One child wiggled and laughed at the reflection and the other child copied the movements. Both children continued to playfully move their bodies and watch their reflections.

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