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Mirror math with glass gems and dry erase markers

I’ve been doing a lot of number counting with my four year old and when I saw the post about number bubbles on Mamma.Papa.Bubba I knew that these mirrors would be a hit at our house. I was right.

I couldn’t find mirror tiles at the dollar store (I checked several stores) and in the end I got mine from Ikea for $7.99. It was a four pack amounting to $2 a piece.

Here’s what you need for this activity:

  • mirror tiles
  • dry erase markers
  • glass gems (you can use anything but the glass on glass is a great sensory experience)
  • paper towel for erasing

On the first mirror, I drew big bubbles with numbers inside them. My four year old counted the appropriate number of glass gems and placed them inside each bubble. The “clink” of the gems on the mirror is very soothing and is a great sensory exercise in itself. Later on, he used the dry erase markers to draw pictures on the mirror. 

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My seven year old practiced her two and three times table. She has a hard time understanding the concept of multiplication and working with the gems on the mirror was a great visual and fun way for her to learn.

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My twelve year old asked if she wanted to learn long addition. I thought that was a little ambitious but didn’t interfere. I couldn’t believe how quickly Safiya picked up the concept of carrying over (she hasn’t learned this in school yet). She was making up her own sums and checking the answers using a calculator. She was so proud of herself and spent a good hour practicing sums.

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It looks like we have a scholar in the house!

The kids had a lot of fun with this. It’s been three weeks and they’ve been playing with the mirrors several times a week :)

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