Mirror Game

Not easy to pull off with little kids but neat once they get the idea.



Children ages 2 ½-4 years can imitate simple actions and gestures GM IX
All children participating can accept other’s ideas for directions of play SE IV
and they can take turns SE IV


Full length mirror (not necessary, but really good to get across concept of mirroring someone's actions).


1. Teacher stands before mirror and shows children how mirror does whatever he does. Children experiment with mirror.

2. Teacher then asks children to be his mirror and do whatever he does.

3. A child is chosen and the rest of the group (including teacher) mirrors the movement of the child. Children take turns leading. Some possibilities: moving each part of body in isolation; make different animal movements; simple activities such as eating, dressing, washing; facial/emotional expressions.