Monday, December 09, 2013

Tracing Christmas Shapes on the Light Table {Light & Reflections Series}

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Christmas is the theme for this week's Light & Reflections post.  We have already done a few Christmas themed light table ideas such as this patterning one and this glass stone Christmas shape making one.  I decided to further explore the shapes of Christmas by setting up this prewriting light table activity for kids.

Tracing Christmas shapes on the light table from And Next Comes L

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Christmas Light Table Activity for Kids

On a piece of parchment paper I drew the basic shapes of some familiar Christmas images with a permanent marker.  I tried to break them into more individual shapes for easier tracing.  You can see a basic snowman, a wreath, and a Christmas tree broken down into its individual triangle, rectangle, and star shapes.

Christmas shapes ready for tracing on the light table from And Next Comes L

I also drew two candy cane shapes and a snowflake.  Additionally, there's a Santa hat, as represented by the circle, triangle, and oval that you can see partially in the picture below.

Christmas shapes ready for tracing on the light table from And Next Comes L

After taping the parchment paper to the light table, I gave the boys some markers to trace with.  We have these Crayola Pip-Squeaks which fit little toddler hands beautifully.  Although the toddler in my life didn't do much tracing...he did some mark making though with what I have determined to be his favorite color of all the markers: orange.

K doing some "writing" from And Next Comes L

J, on the other hand, enjoyed tracing the different shapes, identifying them as he went.

Tracing a Christmas star on the light table from And Next Comes L

He also wrote some uppercase letters of his own in each triangle of the tree.

Tracing Christmas shapes and writing letters on the light table from And Next Comes L

And he turned the Santa hat into a person.  I can only guess that those marks on the triangle are the well-defined abs of his person!  Haha...

Turning Christmas shapes into a person from And Next Comes L

After tracing everything, but the wreath shape, the boys did some coloring and scribbling on the snowman and snowflake.  Here's the completed activity.

A preschooler's completed tracing of Christmas shapes from And Next Comes L

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  1. You have so many great ideas for the light table! It's a unique way to practice tracing shapes with a fun, Christmas twist :)

    1. Thank you, Katie! We definitely love to get creative with our light table play.

  2. What fun! a great way to practice shapes! I love J's well defined Santa hat person! :)

    1. Hahaha...yeah, his Santa hat person definitely works out to get abs like that!