Monday, February 25, 2013

Exploring Light

Today we introduce the children to the 'light table'. They were extremely excited to learn about this new item. We asked questions to encourage the children to think about what this 'box' could do. Before turning it on, we explained about safety and being responsible, as it requires electricity to work.

All of the children wanted to take a turn with this activity. We set limits on the number of children able to use this activity at one time, and we talked about having subr/patience while waiting our turns. Mashallah, the children showed their ability to have subr!

We added gems to the light box and discussed properties of light. They were heavily engaged in this activity and we allowed them time to explore before the next group of children took their turn.

Inshallah, we will extend this activity for as long at it holds their interest by adding different material for them to explore.

As educators at a community preschool, we often have to make teacher-made material to enhance the curriculum in order to stay within tight budget restrictions. We used several do-it-yourself light table tutorials to come up with our own workable design. We used an ikea box, white 'Eid' lights, a shiny gift bag, waxed paper and duct tape.

If you want to try this at home, so you can enjoy the fun learning and exploration with your child, here are some step-by-step tutorials,

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