I think this may be one of my favourite painting activities yet. Very easy to clean up and the children absolutely loved it!
However. . . note to self: when you don’t have enough supplies for each child to have their own set, just don’t do the activity! I think acrylic mirrors need to go on my shopping list to avoid further major meltdowns.
Aaron painted a face on the mirror, on top of the reflection of his own face. This could be a great opportunity for children to observe what they look like and create a self-portrait.
They had so much fun covering the mirror with colours and watching the reflections gradually disappear.
When the mirror was completely covered, it was time to wash it all off and start again!
We made several prints by pressing paper over the top of the mirror. It must have reminded Tabitha of Eric Carle’s illustrations, because at one point she exclaimed “and it was a beautiful butterfly!”.
For a different twist on this activity, Kate at An Everyday Story has an inspiring post about observational painting from a different perspective. Taking mirror painting outside is definitely on my to-do list!