The Circulation desk is a place where I noticed some problems with children. Children would throw temper tantrums; run out into the lobby and even try to climb the desk all while the parents were distracted with the process of checking out. I added “Mirror Mirror” to give children an interactive experience at the Circulation desk. For this activity I put three peel and stick mirrors (safe, sticker mirrors that are removable and easy to clean) on the front of the desk each with an emotion and an example of a face next to it. The object is that the children will mimic what they see and make a face for that emotion in the mirror. The emotions are changed out every 3-4 weeks.
The children have really enjoyed mirroring the pictures and making up new faces too. They are engrossed with the mirrors and often don’t want to leave! I have even seen parents stoop down and make the faces too and talk with their child about the emotion and faces they make.
This activity is simple, doesn’t require a lot of space and is interactive!