Reggio inspired nature painting on mirrors - activity for toddlersSometimes an activity is just so beautiful and natural I can’t take it.  Mirror nature painting outside is one of those.  The reflection of the sky or in our case, our lemon tree, in the mirrors was just gorgeous.  This invitation to play for toddlers and young children is a great, open ended art activity.  Here’s how we did it.

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Reggio inspired nature painting on mirrors - activity for toddlersI had some kid made paints left over from art class in the morning, which I set out on a lazy susan.  We got ours at Ikea.  You can order this similar one here on Amazon. I taped the jars to the lazy susan with masking tape in a loop under each jar in hope that they would stay, but I was kidding myself.  A little masking tape was no match for ten toddlers.  In a large shell, I placed some leaves, sticks and rocks in the center of the lazy susan.  I picked up these huge shells at the Rose Bowl one year and I just love them.  All around the lazy susan I place the greatest mirrors from Discount School Supply.  I love these! They are acrylic and totally safe for young kids.  They come in a package of six and so far I’ve used them for Reggio Inspired Self Portraits and Nature Painting.

Reggio inspired nature painting on mirrors - activity for toddlersSome of the kids just painted right on the mirrors and didn’t bother with the bits of nature on the table.  Other kids selected different things from the shell and took their time painting all the different shapes and textures.

Reggio inspired nature painting on mirrors - activity for toddlersI love seeing which kids gravitate towards what activities.  This little cutie kept making her way back to the play house for more nature painting.   I don’t know what she liked most, mixing the paint or painting the mirrors but she was very busy.

Reggio inspired nature painting on mirrors - activity for toddlersCan you find me in this pic?

Reggio inspired nature painting on mirrors - activity for toddlersThis was a great play group activity and something I will definitely bring out again.  For more Reggio inspired activities check out our shadow boxes and butterfly art.  Happy Summer!

Reggio inspired nature painting on mirrors - activity for toddlers