Thursday, September 18, 2008
a continuation of my posts on revamping the playroom....
One of the biggest hits of the new playroom is the dress-up corner. Amazing, since it was so easy to create! All it took was a mirror, two fabric bins underneath for storing dress-up clothes, and a couple of command adhesive hooks on the walls for hanging boas and fairy wings. Wa-la!
We always had a good selection of dress-up items that HB loved. But, she would never play with them for very long. The mirror is the stroke of genius which changed that. Now she loves dressing up, seeing how she looks, and dressing up again! The Child of Wonder book assures me that always seeing herself in the mirror won't turn her into a narcissistic adult. Quite the contrary. Seeing how she looks in the different costumes allows her imagination to expand.
So, add a mirror to your playroom and see if your kids love it too. The book also suggests using a mirror in front of a puppet theater so that kids can be both the puppeteer and audience all at once. We have had good results by adding a magnetic mirror to our fridge so that HB can make sure she has sufficiently wiped her face after dinner. Allowing kids to self-verify the results of their work is very Montessori. She also likes to take the mirror off the fridge to use it to exploring familiar items with a different perspective. Just make sure the mirror is plastic if the kids are going to be mobile with it. We got a bunch of cheap magnetic locker mirrors in the $ bins at Target that are great for this.