Magic mirror painting
For ages 1 – 8 years
It’s just like magic! This is a super-exciting, and super-easy way to explore symmetry and colour.
With a little bit of paint your child can create amazing and surprising pictures.
It can be a bit messy, so it’s a good idea for your child to wear a smock.
As they paint, children are developing their hand and finger muscles. You can support their language development too by chatting to them about their art.
What do I need?
- Poster paints
- Paint brushes
- Newspaper (if necessary)
- A smock
How do I do it?
- Set up your equipment on a table that is easy to clean, or use newspaper to protect it. Place the paper flat on the table.
- Help your child choose some colours and put big blobs of paint on the paper. Once there are enough blobs of paint, help them to fold the paper in half.
- You can both use your hands to gently flatten and ‘squish’ the paint colours together.
- The next part is the exciting part: help your child to carefully open out the paper and take a look at their amazing creation!
- Talk about what has happened to the paint.
- How is it the same on both sides of the paper? (symmetry)
- How have the colours mixed together?
- What new colours have been made?
- What patterns has the paint made?
- Does it look like anything real?
No-one knows your child better than you. So, choose and/or adapt ideas here to best suit you and your child. Remember it’s the talking and time spent together that matters most.