100 ways to play with the Mirror Tray
This mirror tray has become super popular over the past 12 months. Super shiny and magnetic, the options are endless on how to use it. It fits well on our Mini Deep Spot Tray Stand or you can get the sensory mirror tray and stand together. It adds a real mirrored sensory element to play. When used outdoors, it reflects the clouds, trees and leaves above - sparking conversation and reflective play.
It is also a bargain at just under £18!
Here we feature your favourite ways to play with the mirror tray:
Looking at colour - encourage children to find objects of a certain colour, display them, look in more detail. Are some colours brighter than others? Rainbows look magical in the mirror tray too!
Flowers look beautiful floating on a small amount of water in the mirror tray. Watch them dancing in the breeze, twirl them with a stick, add food colouring to the water and a splash of milk (beware of allergies).
Twinkling Nursery Rhymes
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Create a story tray featuring objects from the book. This one includes fairy lights to make it more inviting and magical.
Art and Mark Making
These children are deep in concentration whilst drawing with chalk pens on the mirror trays. Beautiful artwork, especially with the tree branches above reflected.
Bury Treasure or dinosaur skeletons in sand for children to discover. Add a book to engage the children further with interesting facts and skeletons and fossils.
Looking in more detail at the weather with @learning_play_and_wonder
Magical small worlds
Explore natural treasures on a mirror tray. Autumn leaves, conkers, acorns and pinecones. What can your children identify?
Making love potions with crazy soap on the mirror tray. Add bio glitter and 100s and 1000s for extra magic.
Shiny metal objects
Metal kitchen objects to bash, mix and sit in!
Sandy Sensory Tray
Include sand and scoops, coloured rice and chickpeas, pinecones and shells. Be careful in the summer as the tray will get hot in direct sunshine. Try to keep it in the shade.
Christmas Loose Parts
Explore Christmas decorations and sparkly twinkly lights on the mirror tray.
Get creative and make mandalas using loose parts and natural treasures on a mirror tray.
Display loose parts, create transient art, mesmerise at the natural beauty of natural treasures and buttons. Beautiful reflections from the trees above.
The mirror tray is a great base for play dough and creates depth to your creations.
Valentines Day Sensory Mirror Tray Play
We love these ideas for valentines play from our cosy club members on our mirror tray.
Snowy Mud Kitchen Hot Chocolate Making
Leave your mirror tray out when it snows to collect a tray full of snow. Use it to make snow tea, mark make and stamp with cookie cutters.
Wintery ways to play with the Mirror Tray - snow play
Add magic by making gingerbread on our mirror tray.
Space Mirror Tray Play
Space set ups look great on the mirror tray. Add fairy lights to create even more stars.
Water play is magical on our mirror tray. Simply add dish soap and other items if you wish such as petals or leaves.
Or simply just add water.
Add straws to blow bubbles.
Art and mark making
Use your mirror tray as a canvas - paint on it or draw on it using chalk marker pens. It all easily wipes off.
Create wintry scenes on the mirror tray. How beautiful is this set up from @thestayathometoddler with rice and black beans. So magical.
Use the mirror tray to set up a bird table for the great british bird watch, or at any time of year. Children can keep referring back to the items on the table to identify birds in their setting.
Add your magnet collections to the magnetic mirror tray. The bonus of the tray is that it is magnetic so why not see what the children can find that will stick?
Trees and leaves
@playwithus2 creates some beautiful invitations to play on our mirror tray.
Chinese new year
Create beautiful sensory Chinese new year set ups on the mirror tray.
Add any messy materials to the tray and then simpy wipe it clean - or spray it off with a hose pipe.
Count strawberries, tomatoes, green beans, conkers, acorns - virtually anything using our wooden ten frames on a mirror tray.
Counting minibeasts and dinosaur counters with our smaller wooden ten frames.
Remembrance Day - Poppy Tray
Add water and poppies to the mirror tray to create a beautiful memorial for soldiers and family members that fought in the war. Watch the Poppy petals float and dance around on the water in the breeze.
Autumn Tray Play
Create autumn setups on our mirror tray with pumpkins, autumn leaves, chickpeas and other natural treasures and loose parts.
Create water cascades using stacked mirror trays in the mini deep tray or regular tuff spot tray.
Add a solar powered water fountain to the top - such fun.
Check out this Sensory Tray 3 pack - 3 smaller sized mirror trays.
And even smaller still our Wicker mirror circle. Very popular for adding to any larger tray.
We love to see your mirror tray play activities - please tag us in your play on our social channels for the chance to be featured: @cosydirect