Sunday, July 20, 2014

Building 3D Shapes on Windows {Light & Reflections Series}

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I'm fairly confident in saying that Magna-Tiles are now the most loved toy in our house (here's 7 reasons why we love them). They have been played with nonstop since I purchased them. They are particularly awesome for building 3D structures, such as our tin can rockets. However, the boys usually build with the Magna-Tiles on a horizontal surface.  So I gathered some supplied to encourage some shape building on a vertical surface, which was also a great way to take advantage of the beautiful natural light in our sunroom.

Checking out a cube made from Magna-Tiles on a window from And Next Comes L

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Playing with Magna-Tiles on a Vertical Surface

What we used to make 3D shapes on windows:

I taped the contact paper, sticky side out, to the window using some regular tape. Then it was building time!

At first, the boys assembled stain glass type windows by building flat designs.

Building with Magna-Tiles on windows from And Next Comes L

Then two year old K started doing some exploring. Soon enough he was building a 3D triangle all on his own. And then he made a cube.

Building 3D shapes on windows using Magna-Tiles from And Next Comes L


Building a 3D triangle on windows using Magna-Tiles from And Next Comes L

Cube made from Magna-Tiles on a window from And Next Comes L

J took notice of K's 3D shape building and decided to give it a try too. Once his cube was built, he started designing a beautiful pattern around it.

Building 3D shapes on windows using Magna-Tiles from And Next Comes L

Building 3D shapes on windows using Magna-Tiles from And Next Comes L

Cube made from Magna-Tiles on a window from And Next Comes L

It was such a fun experience for the boys to build on a vertical surface. They found it to be a bit more challenging to construct the 3D shapes as they had to hold pieces steady with their one hand while assembling with the other. Besides, it made some for some pretty window art.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the lovely ladies from the Light & Reflections series were busy building and constructing:

Exploring Symmetry: Building with Rainbow Blocks on a Mirror from Where Imagination Grows

You can also follow this series on the Light & Reflections Series board on Pinterest. Then join us next month when we explore motor skills using light and reflections.

Light & Reflections Series Lineup for 2014 at And Next Comes L

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7 comments:

  1. Oh, how fun! I love that it's vertical and the light shines through!

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    1. Right?! Such a lovely combination!

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  2. Great idea! It's 3D window art! Very fun!

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  3. Oh so clever! We love our MagnaTiles here too. Sharing :)

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    1. Magna-Tiles are so awesome, aren't they?! My kids cannot get enough of them! And thanks for sharing.

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