Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Science on the Light Table {Light & Reflections Series}

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Playing with ice on the light table is a fun way to explore. Colored ice is even better! So I made some frozen Christmas shapes to melt as part of a sensory science experiment on the light table. It is also a great way to work on fine motor skills! My kids loved this Christmas light table science activity.

Frozen Christmas tree on the light table - sensory science for toddlers and preschoolers from And Next Comes L

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Christmas STEM Light Table Activity for Kids

For this Christmas science activity, we used:

I froze two green Christmas trees and two gold bells overnight.

The next morning I placed one tree and one bell in a glass dish. I set one up for both boys so that they would each have one tree and one bell. I placed the glass dishes on the light table, along with red water, table salt, eye droppers, and some clear plastic spoons.


The colored ice looks so magical on the light table. Although if I were to redo it, I would skip the gold liquid watercolor and use yellow instead. The gold didn't work as well as I had hoped on the light table.

Frozen Christmas tree on the light table - sensory science for toddlers and preschoolers from And Next Comes L

The boys used the water and salt to try and melt the frozen Christmas shapes. All that scooping with the spoons and squeezing of the eye droppers is great fine motor practice.

Practicing fine motor skills on the light table from And Next Comes L

Practicing fine motor skills on the light table from And Next Comes L

Christmas sensory science: melting frozen shapes on the light table from And Next Comes L

Christmas sensory science: melting frozen shapes on the light table from And Next Comes L

J also liked to pick up the frozen shapes, which is a great sensory experience on its own.

Frozen Christmas tree on the light table - sensory science for toddlers and preschoolers from And Next Comes L

Sensory science on the light table with frozen Christmas shapes from And Next Comes L

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Christmas sensory science on the light table - melting frozen trees and bells from And Next Comes L
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