Foil Mirror Preschool Craft
Invite your preschoolers to make their very own foil mirror with this simple craft tutorial! Mirrors add a fascinating element of learning, exploration, and a sense of self to preschoolers' play. Preschoolers love exploring different facial expressions and making silly faces in mirrors.
An All About Me Theme is the perfect time to pull out mirrors to encourage preschoolers to learn about themselves and their peers. At PreK Printable Fun, we love sharing activities that help extend the opportunity to learn, and we love creating DIY crafts. This activity allows your preschoolers to not only explore mirrors but to make their own. Making foil mirrors includes hands-on fun with science and creative expression!
Teacher tip: The Dollar Store is a great place to pick up the mirrors and you can grab a few extra to keep in the classroom for other activities. We also decorated with glitter styrofoam balls but gems, sequins, buttons, or any other loose-end products will work. Teachers might need to assist with a hot glue gun or heavier duty glue depending on the pieces you chose.
Begin by tracing the mirror onto the cardboard, we suggest tracing ahead of time to save on time during the activity. Or, invite your preschoolers to practice tracing too! Once you have traced the mirror you can carefully cut the shape out.
Then paint the mirrors and allow enough time for drying. Preschoolers will be able to paint the mirrors all on their own with their chosen colors. Painting the mirrors not only allows preschoolers to paint on a different type of material it also giving them the opportunity to explore process and outcomes.
While the mirror is drying, cut foil to fit the mirrors and have preschoolers use glue to prepare for placing the foil onto their mirrors.
Some great questions to ask preschoolers during this step:
Have you used foil before?
What do we use foil for?
What does it feel like?
Why do you think we see a reflection?
After you have placed the piece of foil onto the mirror invite preschoolers to get creative and decorate their mirrors. We used glitter balls which worked perfectly.
Now that your mirrors are complete let preschoolers play with their reflection during your All About Me theme. They also make great accessories in your dramatic play areas. Have fun!
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