Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall

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Mirror, mirror, on the wall: an activity for children of all ages. We’ve been talking about Michelle Obama this week. Michelle is someone who has amazing self-confidence. She knows who she is and what she believes in. She has held true to herself and not allowed others to define who she is. Self-esteem is built on a child’s belief about themselves. These beliefs are often formed by the views of others’, which vary day to day based on achievements and abilities. But God’s views are unchanging. Often when a child looks in a mirror they see what the world sees, their flaws and imperfections. The goal of this activity is to have children see themselves through the eyes of the One who created them; fearfully and wonderfully made. No matter what they have done or will do, they are worthy, they are chosen, they are loved.

*This activity was shown to me by an 85-year-old friend, and is used with her permission.

  • Supplies:
    • 2 mirrors, 5X7 or larger that can be taken apart (you may be able to find these at your local dollar store)
    • pictures of Jesus that fit the mirror, preferably with Him looking at you (one for you, one to give away to a friend)
    • butter knife
    • personal journal
    • pencil/pen
    • eraser
    • art medium of choice
  • Listen to and/or sing the song “Jesus Loves me Me”. Talk about what this means.
  • Using a butter knife, take the mirrors apart carefully so that they are separated from the frame and you are able to access the backs. Be careful not to break the tabs that hold the frame in place over the mirror.

  • Using the knife, make scratches on the backs of the mirrors in a random, haphazard way. Make sure to make enough scratches to be able to see through to the picture of Jesus. Note that it makes an awful screeching sound.

  • Cut your pictures of Jesus to fit the mirrors.
  • Place one picture of Jesus behind each mirror so when you look at the mirror, you are able to see the face of Jesus looking at you. This has two very important lessons: 1) When they look in the mirror, the children are able to see themselves through the eyes of their Creator, and 2) When they look in the mirror, they see less of themselves and more of Jesus.

  • Put the mirrors back together again. Look into it and see Jesus’ loving eyes looking back at you.

  • Pass a mirror on to a friend in need.
  • For older children: Read and discuss a few of the following Bible verses:
    • Genesis 1:27:  “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
    • Ephesians 2:10: For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
    • 1 John 3:1: “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!”
    • 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
    • 1 Samuel 6:17: “It’s not about what the world finds attractive or successful, but about who we are in Christ. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
    • Ephesians 3:17-19: so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
  • Have the children write or draw their thoughts about God’s love for them in a journal.