Why It’s a Great Game!
Objectives & Learning Outcomes
Social Emotional Development:
- Learning to cooperate
- Accepting others’ ideas
- Taking turns
- Replicating physically what the eyes see (developing visual sensitivity to change)
- Developing focus, attention, and concentration
- Learning about the concept of mirror reflection
- Practicing a variety of nonlocomotor movements
- Developing spatial awareness (an awareness of space, relative distance, and relationships with space--experiencing personal space)
- Partners face each other at arm’s distance apart.
- Ask one child to be the “leader” and perform simple movements in place and his partner (the second child) to imitate the leader as a mirror reflection. For example, if the leader waves his right arm, the “mirror” waves his left arm in the same way, duplicating the movement as if he is looking into a mirror.
- Start the music--fast or slow. The use of slow background music might help keep the partners moving slowly at first.
- Go from simple (only one body part moving) to complex (more than one body part moving at the same time).
- When the music stops, partners change roles, with the leader becoming the mirror and the mirror becoming the leader.
Suggestions & Variations