Since visiting the Spark Science Centre, I thought it would be a lot of fun for the boys to have their own light table to experiment with at home. It wasn’t until we were reorganizing our basement, and getting rid of some clear plastic tubs, that I was actually inspired to make one. I came up with a simple design and soon after, as I was congratulating myself on my clever ingenuity, I decided to Google ‘DIY Light Table’… my ego was instantly deflated. Evidently I was not the only one to come up with this brilliant plan, as you can see here, and here (just to highlight a couple). Haha! Oh well, it was still a HUGE hit with my little bugs 🙂
- a clear plastic storage bin with a clear lid
- parchment paper
- tape (I used masking tape because it seems to stick better)
- tin foil or shiny foil wrapping paper (I had some left over from Christmas)
- battery operated lights (I purchased a pack of six LED button lights from Costco, which will also come in handy when we go camping, so I didn’t mind splurging a bit)
How to Make a Light Table
Okay, so it’s not so much a ‘table’ as it is a plastic storage bin, but the idea is the same 😉
Experimenting With Our Light Table
There are so many fun and interesting things you can do to experiment with the effect light has on objects/ substances. Here are some of the things we tried with our light table today:
I gave the boys some thawed Freezies to put on the light table so they could see how light travels through a liquid.
The bugs LOVED this! It was messy, but clean-up was a breeze.
Magnetic Letters/ Word Work
I can tell we will be using our light table a lot more in the days ahead! The boys really enjoyed it (especially the painting).
And that’s how I kept my bugs busy today!