A Different Point of View

by Deb on August 4, 2011


The little girl loves her mirror, it was one of the more successful presents I’ve bought her (most get lost or ignored). So we’ve been playing some more games with it.

She was fascinated to discover her eyes are brown “with a black spot in the middle!” Interestingly, she also told me that everyone has a black spot. I’ve seen research that shows babies can work out where people are gazing and follow it, I didn’t realise toddlers looked at eyes closely enough to recognise the pupil and know it’s the same for everyone.

Then she checked out her tongue. I know I mentioned earlier that she can’t roll her tongue, but she’s learnt (and it isn’t popular with Granny!). This is the first time she’s seen herself doing it and she thought it was hilarious, as well as being very proud of herself. On a not so nice note, she’s inherited my geographic tongue (which does hurt thank you very much internet articles, although it certainly isn’t a big deal). So far it hasn’t caused her any problems, but it gives you something interesting to look at in the mirror.

After she’d had a good look, we played some games. She was very good at pointing to her own body parts, although she doesn’t really know left and right left so we didn’t play with that. She had a ball cleaning her face after lunch, going after each bit individually rather than the hit and miss general wipe.

When the big girl got home we had fun walking around the house backwards using the mirror to guide us. It was quite tricky because the mirrors were fairly small. If you held it straight, all you could see was your head. You had to hold it at an angle to see what was behind you, which of course meant you were seeing everything at the opposite angle. It took lots of practice, not helped by little girls standing straight behind me 🙂 Walking backwards

Hand mirrors are high on my list of must-have toys for toddlers and up. Do you play with them?

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Rivqa August 4, 2011 at 7:43 am

This is great, I must try it.

I think I have a geographic tongue. It’s been described by my doctor as ‘disgusting’.


Deb August 4, 2011 at 8:57 am

I used to call mine ‘Friday night tongue’ because all my trigger foods were things I’d eat on Friday night – cheese, anything salty (chips, olives etc) and acid like my beloved sparkling wine. It’s not a big deal but they are sores and I find it annoying to keep being told it doesn’t hurt – it hurts as much as my eczema!

My brother has it with tongue fissures as well, it’s really gross. His tongue looks like a moonscape or something.


rivqa August 4, 2011 at 10:28 am

I also have curly edges of my tongue from clenching my teeth. It IS gross! Mine’s just always there, triggers or no triggers.


Mercedes Hayes August 6, 2011 at 2:45 pm

My kiddos love mirrors. It is always awesome when something so simple is so entertaining!


Emily August 23, 2011 at 10:53 am

Hee hee…we call that tongue move “the Taco” in our house.


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