Oh, the wonder and magic of playing with light! I have wanted to make a light box for awhile, and I finally set the goal and got it done. I had no idea that there was SO many different (and educational!) things you could do with light!
Light Box Materials:
Clear plastic under-the-bed Rubbermaid container
2 fluorescent lights
To make the light box, I just turned the Rubbermaid container upside down with the 2 lights inside. It isn’t anything fancy- but it was SO easy!!
Light Box Manipulatives:
Colored accent gems, transparencies (teaching manipulatives I used with an overhead projector), dry erase marker & sheet protector, geometry mirror, microscope slides & magnifying glass
There are tons of different ways to play with a light box. I am going to list some of our ideas- enjoy!
Pull out your old microscope slides! A light box is a perfect way to view ’em! It’s also a great way to view x-rays.
|Looking at a fruit fly with a magnifying glass and our new light box|
We made lots of designs with pattern blocks. Boo and I also played and sorted money, made shapes with our geoboard, spun the colored spinner, and created symmetrical patterns with our geometry mirror. With the exception of the mirror, the rest of our math light box manipulatives are old overhead projector teaching materials. And since overhead projectors are on their way out in lots of schools, I bet you could snatch some of these up for a great price.
|Geoboard designs and colorful spinners|
|Geometry mirrors- they are such a fun math manipulative! It’s a great tool for teaching symmetry!|
|Playing and sorting dollars and coins|
|Reading and writing words|
|Boo playing with 2 geometry mirrors and accent gems|
A big source of light-play inspiration goes to Play at Home Mom– she has some “bright” ideas on her blog! 🙂
I would love to hear about your light play! Now to figure out how to make a “Lite-Brite” with our new box….
Wow!! Wonderful Job Keri!! I LOVE IT!! Looks soooo much fun!!
Wow, Keri! Great idea! I am teaching Kindergarten and had been agonizing over the prices of light tables (wasn’t on the wish list for this year), but I am so excited to try your DIY version! It looks awesome!