100 ways to play and learn with a wicker mirror circle tray
This little wicker mirror circle has been very popular recently. It is small, and yet so versatile. How would you use one? It is not only a perfect natural mirror for role play, displaying natural treasures and viewing expressions but also a great reflective small world area. Have a go at collecting natural materials and creating patterns to create a mandala or use chalk markers to draw onto its surface. Explore metallics and shiny objects. The possibilities are endless.
The mirrored base gives the ability to view the sky, clouds and trees above, adding a special sensory element to the tray.
Here are 100 of our favourites:
Mandalas are a fun and therapeutic was of creating artwork and the wicker mirror tray gives a stunning mirrored background to any creation.
Collect loose parts to view in the tray. Glass pebbles and magnetic chips work really well. Natural treasures and wooden loose parts, chickpeas and buttons.
Geo Board Loom Band Play
Rustic, natural look geo boards. Just get a bunch of loom bands or elastic bands and let the shapes begin.
A truly magical fairy village (shown below middle) featuring our Felt Mushrooms and Trog Houses. We love the addition of fairy lights that sparkle in the mirror base.
Create small worlds in the tray using the mirror as a magical reflective background. We love the use of natural treasures and our natural stacking pebbles and wooden peg people.
Explore and discover metallic reflective objects in the mirror tray. Can children go on a shiny metallic treasure hunt around their setting to find and display in the tray? Are they all shiny or are some matt? Are they all magnetic?
Early Maths – counting with number frames
Use the wicker mirror tray for basic counting skills. Add our wooden number frames and see what natural treasure or objects children can match up and count.
Mark Making – sand
Add some fine sand and a few mark making tools or just simple a finger.
Art – chalk pens
Use chalk markers on the mirror circle to mark make and create beautiful pictures. They wipe off easily with a wet wipe or damp cloth.
The little mirror tray is perfect for story time, add story props and away you go. Can children recreate the story in a reflective world?
Display your blackberry treats in the tray for children to look at in detail. Explore the leaves, the thorns, the beautiful ripe blackberries and the ones that are not yet ripe. Make Blackberry juice or potions.
Flower display and photography!
Explore flowers and petals in the tray. The mirror reflects the beautiful colours and shapes. Allow children to photograph the different parts of a flower.
Malteser Marble Run!
Wow! What fun! Enjoy a marble run with Maltesers in the mirror tray! Then wipe it clean!
Beach fun with sand and coloured rice
Add sand, shells and dyed rice to the tray for a sensory delight.
Sensory Small Worlds with chickpeas
Chickpeas are great in the wicker mirror tray. Add little peg people and create small worlds. Count the chickpeas in a wooden ten frame.
Glass pebbles look magical in the tray too. And check out the Frozen ice cubes with penguins in from @create_make_and_play. A beautiful winter small world from @Little_wise_owls_childminding.
Threading and Stacking loose parts tray
Add loose parts for threading and stacking.
Wild Animals Small World Play
Our wicker mirror circle makes a lovely inviting water hole for the wild animals in this set up by @Create_make_and_play.
Salt Dough Tree Decoration
A beautiful set up displaying salt dough Christmas decorations from @create_make_and_play.
Get set and ready for the big bird watch. This is a lovely set up using our wicker mirror circle from @Lottie_makes.
Taste Safe Snow
Porridge Oat Play Dough on the wicker mirror circle
The Life Cycle of a Butterfly
Studying the life cycle of a butterfly in our wicker mirror circle.
Exploring Sand and Beach treasures
Display winter and natural treasures on the wicker mirror circle. Create transient art.
The Colour White
Explore colours on the wicker mirror circle. Encourage children to collect items of a certain colour to display on the tray.
Remembrance Day, Diwali and New Year
How lovely are these set ups in our wicker mirror circle?
Sand Tray Play
The little wicker mirror circle is perfect for sand and shells.
Magical Small Worlds
How magical is this small world set up complete with castle?
More Wicker Mirror Circle Tray Play Ideas:
These ideas are lovely from @helenshomefromhome - Life Cycle of a Butterfly, Autumn Tray Play, Mandalas, Winter and Valentines play.
Some lovely ideas from @jenslittleowls - winter play, mark making, colour exploring and glass beads.
Some lovely ideas from @concepteducationtdn
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