Thursday, May 29, 2014

Playing with Cars on the Light Table

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One of the reasons we do a lot of light table activities in our house is that it is so versatile. Translucent or not, many items look more appealing on the light table. This particular car themed light table activity for kids combines translucent objects with non-translucent objects on the light table to encourage creativity and imaginative play.

Cars on the light table from And Next Comes L

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Car Themed Light Table Activity for Kids

While playing with our latest new toys, Learning Resources Letter Construction Set, I noticed that the pieces would be a neat way to make roads on our DIY light table.  So together J and I set up a translucent city complete with translucent roadways.  We used our super awesome Magna-Tiles to make the houses in our city.  Then we grabbed some cars.  Okay, I'll be honest, J may have grabbed a lot of cars.  Then it was time to play!

Translucent city and cars on the light table from And Next Comes L

J enjoyed driving the cars around the town, but eventually had them all park (or perhaps crash?) in one small corner of town.

Playing with cars on the light table from And Next Comes L

Playing with cars on the light table from And Next Comes L

Playing with cars on the light table from And Next Comes L

However, I soon found out that all those cars were parked in front of this house for a party.  

J started using his pointer finger as an imaginary person from each of the cars.  He even walked his pointer finger from the cars to the house.  J also scoffed at me for offering some of our Safari Ltd. people to use in the town.  He much preferred his "finger people."

Playing with houses made from Magna-Tiles from And Next Comes L

Playing with houses made from Magna-Tiles from And Next Comes L

Meanwhile, K was reading books in his bedroom, which was eerily quiet, but so refreshing.  When he eventually joined us, he was his mischievous little self, setting up little tragic collisions across town from J's house party... 

Cars on the light table from And Next Comes L

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Playing with cars and building a translucent city on the light table to encourage imaginative play from And Next Comes L