Ellie is 13 months old
My brilliant and fabulous auntie Jill had mentioned mirrors (these are big in the Reggio Emilia practice of education, too). Then last week, one of the blogs I read, Play at Home Mom, had a great post about using mirrors for play. I bought the 6-pack of acrylic mirrors linked in that post, and could not be happier with them. They're virtually unbreakable and super light, so Ellie can play with them on her own (supervised, of course). I taped three together to make a "backdrop," and then left three solo for other kinds of play.
The first thing Ellie did was dump Marah's water bowl all over a mirror. I don't have a picture of that. Things two through about 17 were staring at herself, kissing herself, pointing to her nose, and other variations of being a perfectly narcissistic toddler.
Then, we brought the mirrors downstairs and I got out her snow bin. She was fascinated! She loved seeing double (or triple, or quadruple) of her favorite things, like the crystals and the snowman.
I'd love more suggestions for how to use the mirrors!