Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Outer Space Small World on the Light Table

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I have just recently started to embrace messy light table play (see here and here).  I do not like messes, but I find that as long as I am prepared for quick clean up, then I can handle it.  This outer space small world is likely the messiest activity we have done to date.  At least on the light table. And I could not believe how big of a hit this space small world was.  The boys loved every single messy bit of it.

Outer space small world on the light table with moon dust from And Next Comes L

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Outer Space Small World Light Table Activity for Kids

This small world took only a few minutes to set up and used both the light table and the overhead projector.  Of course, the overhead projector is completely optional.  But come on, how fun is it to use both?!

Outer space small world on the light table with moon dust and projected stars from And Next Comes L

On the light table, I spread out some moon dust (i.e., approximately 1/4 cup of white flour, but corn starch or icing sugar could be substituted).  I then set out the figures from the Safari Ltd Space TOOB.  I then set out some star-shaped jewelry links from the dollar store on the overhead projector because, well, space isn't space without some stars in the sky.

The boys first dragged some of the astronauts through the moon dust, creating some really cool designs and marks.

Drawing in moon dust on the light table from And Next Comes L

Drawing in moon dust on the light table from And Next Comes L

K also spent some time driving the moon rover through the moon dust.

K driving the moon rover through moon dust on the light table from And Next Comes L

Driving the moon rover through moon dust on the light table from And Next Comes L

Then the boys ditched the toys and got really into touching and feeling the moon dust.  Like really into it.  

J enjoying some messy sensory play on the light table from And Next Comes L

Moon dust covered hands from And Next Comes L

It started off innocently, but progressed to rubbing the dust on their clothes.

Moon dust covered hands from And Next Comes L

Then the boys stretched out on the light table, fully embracing the messiness of the moon dust. And messy, flour-covered clothes means that an outfit change followed shortly.

J and K getting messy at the light table from And Next Comes L

To make clean up easy, you could lay a clear tablecloth over top of the light table.  I chose to keep my cordless handheld vacuum (similar to this one) handy.  I then vacuumed up the flour on the light table.  Then I just ran the space figurines under some running water and that was it.

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2 comments:

  1. There's so much I love about this - the mirror, the projector, the light table. But I especially like the "moon sand"!

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    1. I know, right?! There are so many fun elements to this small world!

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