These are infants, remember. Limits provide redirection and intervention for
Offer alternative mirrors or photos for infants to carry around if they try
to pick at the items stuck to the floor: small 4-inch plastic mirrors and
laminated pictures to carry around, teethers to chew on.
Use phrases like these too:
“Let’s leave them on the floor.”
“You can use your eyes to look at them.”
“Here’s a mirror you can hold and carry around.”
Other Things to Think About
Test to make sure the pieces of contact paper stick fast during routine
mopping of the floor. You may need to hand scrub them or be prepared
to replace them frequently. (Our experience is that they last for months.)
Note the individual preferences of the infants in your program: observe
which pictures the babies respond to and provide others that are simi-
lar to extend their exploration.
It might be necessary to tape down the edges as a “frame” to discourage
pickingat the contact paper.
If mirrors do not reflect through the clear contact paper, use frames of
tape to stick the mirrors to the floor.
Photos, mirrors, and pictures may be similarly placed within infants’
sight level in other parts of the environment: low down on walls, on the
backs of toy shelves, or behind acrylic frames on the wall.
Use these strategies to support the babies’ experience, as Kim does in the
Validate the child’s experience; “say what you see”
Plan to extend the exploration, using the child’s interests as a guide