The first time I saw a light table in a preschool classroom, I was drawn to the display on top of it. I knew I wanted one for our classroom! I immediately started searching for fun light table activities that would work well with young children. I never dreamed how many different ideas were out there!
If you have a light table, you know what I am talking about.
But, you might not have one. Yet. If it’s because of the cost, there is good news! You can make your own for a fraction of the cost. As you scroll down this page, you will find a link.
We have ours tucked in our reading and writing area and it’s a perfect spot for one or two children to explore color, as well as other concepts. We usually change what we have on our light table each week, so this allows for a nice variety. No matter what time of year, what season we are enjoying, there is a nice variety of activities that can be used at the light table. I’ve put together a collection of fun light table activities that our preschoolers have enjoyed in our classroom.
How have your children enjoyed the light table? Please share in a comment!
Fun Light Table Activities
Today I’m sharing activities that we have done in our classroom, tested by many young children. Please note that the activities with small pieces should not be used by toddlers or for preschoolers that are still putting things in their mouths.
We placed our magnifying blocks on the light table along with pieces of greenery from outdoors.
Fitting Pieces Together
Stacking Tree Blocks
Tracing Cookie Cutters
Another use for cookie cutters! Place paper on top of light table and trace!
Translucent Pipe Builders
Every fall we ask our preschoolers to bring in a leaf they found at home or on a walk with family. When they bring them to school, we place them on the light table for more exploration.
Once again, it’s all about loose parts! We gathered various hearts for this festive activity!
Similar to using cookie cutters and a bit easier for smaller hands to hold.
In the spring we will study bugs at the light table. Adding a resource book is helpful, too!
Exploring shapes and color is always fun on the light table, but these geometric solids allow us to do so in 3D.
Loose Parts for Winter
We created a winter scene on our light table using doilies and loose parts.
Christmas Fine Motor
I picked up this tree and stocking from the dollar store, knowing it would be fun on the light table with matching bells and colored window blocks.
Want to make your own light table? Allison from No Time for Flashcards shares an easy tutorial on her blog.