Thursday, November 21, 2013

Christmas Themed Light Table Activity for Kids

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Christmas is sneaking up on me quicker than I care to admit, but the other day, J pulled out my Christmas piano book, asking me to play some Christmas carols for him.  I guess he's ready to get into the spirit of the season.  So to fulfill his interest, I came up with this simple Christmas themed light table activity.  It took me only a few minutes to set up, but kept both boys busy for an entire afternoon (and I'm sure many more afternoons to come).

Christmas themed invitation on the light table from And Next Comes L

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Christmas Light Table Activity for Kids

I first arranged some colored glass stones on a clear overhead transparency into familiar Christmas shapes: a candy cane, a wreath, a Christmas tree, and some holly.  I then drew the pattern on the overhead transparency using colored permanent markers.  I also included a literacy component by writing the name of the item on the transparency as well.  

Christmas themed invitation on the light table from And Next Comes L

You'll notice that I used a star for the top of the Christmas tree (the star shapes were also used for this light table constellation activity).  A glass stone could be used as a substitute if you don't have a star shape for the light table.

Making Christmas trees on the light table from And Next Comes L

Both boys were excited to try out this activity.  J must have done these over and over like fifty billion times.  Okay, maybe not that much, but you get the idea that he loved this activity.

Making Christmas trees on the light table from And Next Comes L

Beautiful Christmas light table play from And Next Comes L

Even K was really into it.  He was concentrating so hard, as you will see.  He loved to point to the color he needed next, say the name of the color, and carefully place the correct stone.

Making a Christmas wreath on the light table from And Next Comes L

K making Christmas objects on the light table from And Next Comes L

And here's what the designs look like when they are all completed.  They look so pretty!

Christmas themed light table play from And Next Comes L

Making candy canes on the light table from And Next Comes L

So I guess this officially kicks off our Christmas celebrations!


Christmas themed light table play from And Next Comes L
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