Light table explorations

Our light table has been getting lots of action this year from my new students during our time in free play and here are a few of the things the children have been exploring on the light table…

Ice pops on the light table (unfrozen)

Shapes on the light table (colored plexiglass donated to me)

A variety of toys on the light table…

Cutting on the Light Table

Discovery bottles on the light table

Cars on the light table

And after school, my grandson has been doing a little light table exploration too…

Felt shapes on the light table

All the children know how to turn the light table on and off by themselves (even my grandson can do it) and the children are free to explore most things on the light table during our center time…

Somehow things just look different when you put it on a light table…

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By |2012-09-23T06:00:26+00:00September 23rd, 2012|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Cathy September 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing lots of fun ideas for the light table. I have seen previous posts about your homemade light boxes, but this one seems to be different. Can you share some information about it? By the way, I found some real (dead) dragonflies refently that I plan to try on the light table; I think there may be other specimens that would also be interesting. I also have some small acrylic keychain baubles with pictures (not real) of transparent butterflies that I think will be fun.

  2. Melanie September 24, 2012 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    Thanks for ideas. I love it.
    You can see pictures of mine on:

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 25, 2012 at 12:33 am - Reply

      Wow Melanie – just beautiful!

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