Mirror My Movement
Updated: Apr 8, 2020
Use a mirror to watch how you can move your body in different ways.
What you’ll need: Find a clear space with no clutter on the floor, mirror and bubbles
What’s it for?
This activity helps to release energy and focus on activities step by step to to increase attention, to manage anxiety and to boost positive energy. Ideal in a pair, but can still be effective individually with the use of a mirror and bubbles.
Notice how you’re feeling right now. Close your eyes and notice what’s going on inside your mind and body.
How are you feeling?
What are you thinking?
How does your body feel?
Find a space where you can stretch both arms out and can circle around
Begin by taking a deep breath and counting to 10 in your head
Bend your knees and reach your arms out to the side
Now comes the fun bit!
Using a mirror look at yourself and your current expression
Keep focusing on the mirror and change your expression, then change your movements
For example move your arms upwards and then down again
Make the shape of a star and jump 5 times
If you have bubbles, look in the mirror and look at the shape of your face as you blow bubbles
Reach high and low to pop the bubbles
If working in a pair, take it in turns to come up with a series of movements to copy
Increase the pace from slow to fast and slow down again to finish
Make up a series of patterns and start slowly and then speed them up - can your partner keep up (if you're working with someone else)!
Ask yourself the following questions:
How did it feel to see your reflection in the mirror?
How did your facial expressions change each time you moved and looked in the mirror?
How did it feel to blow the bubbles and can you recall the energy it took to blow the bubbles and where in the body you had to work from?
Did you find it easy or hard to copy your partner?
Did you prefer to repeat your pattern slowly or fast?
Did you find it easy or hard to coordinate body movements whilst observing facial expressions?
Take a moment to notice how you are feeling at the end of this activity. Did you discover anything surprising? What can you take away to make you feel better about yourself from this activity?
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Created by Sarah Kong © March 2020
Creative Art Used: Dance
Psychological Area Explored: Emotional Wellbeing, Play, Relationships and Communication
These activities could be done by children of all ages, but some may need the support of their parent or carer to read the instructions or complete the activity safely.
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