We were recently blessed to have been gifted a light table.
Several companies create products specifically for light tables. There are also so many activities you can implement from materials around your home!
Not able to get your hands on a light table yet? Check out this tutorial on Teach Preschool sharing how to make your own light table!
A Light Table Introduction
When we first received a light table, we were also given these fun translucent blocks from Constructive Playthings. Durable and a solid weight, they’re fun to build with and explore light shading and colors.
This week, we’ve also been exploring new objects on our light table. We kept it fairly simple and play-based for these initial explorations.
We gathered flowers, leaves, and blades of grass on an afternoon walk and explored how these nature objects look on the light table.
The blades of grass elicited a “wow!” from my husband and myself. The veins of both the clover leaves and the blades of grass were so visible and distinct. (Excuse the quality of photos on this post. The lighting, while awesome, isn’t ideal for photographing.)
We explored how different shades and colors look on the light table. Though we haven’t gone into detail about the parts of a flower yet (other than petals, leaves, and stem), the light table seemed to illuminate the stamen and pistil even better.
Examining nature on the light table is the perfect time to begin magnifying glass skills, too. My son wasn’t focusing as much as I had hoped on this particular day, but he definitely loved looking at anything around him with the magnifying glass, including leaves, Momma’s fingers, flowers, the window, Daddy’s beard, and more.
Additional Nature Play Light Table Activities
Categorization – Ask your preschooler to put all the leaves in one pile and the flowers in another. Or sort by color. Or by flower size. Or number of leaves on one stem. This was the part my son didn’t focus on this particular day. We’ll revisit these activities.
Color mixing – See what happens when you layer a red flower petal over a yellow one. Or what happens to the shade of purple with two or three flower petals overlap?
Baby play – While she didn’t know the terms we used, our youngest loved exploring the feel of the flowers compared to the blades of grass. She affirmed cause-and-effect when she tore leaves from stems. She heard us use the labels “flower,” “petal,” “grass,” and “leaves.” We pointed out colors. The more she hears these words, the deeper she understands.
In future nature play light table sessions, I may create (or find) some printables to focus learning and exploration. Any you recommend, or any specific printables you’d like to see?
For more light table activity ideas, check out my Light Table board on Pinterest!
Have you ever used a light table in preschool play? What activities have you done or would you want to do with a light table?
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