DIY Light Box | The OT Toolbox

DIY Light Box


This DIY Light Box was something I've seen around Pinterest and have wanted to try for a while...Once we had our Christmas lights outside, I thought we would definitely be doing this project after we pulled all of the lights back in.  So, after we brought the Christmas lights in from the outside bushes, this was easy to put together for a cold evening's play!

I put all of the (already bundled-up) strands of Christmas lights
...seriously, this does not get much easier :)...
into an under-the-bed storage bin,
connected the strands,
and plugged in!




Once you put the top on, it is perfect for tracing pictures!


This is so great for new (or seasoned) hand-writers.  They are working on pencil control, line awareness, hand-eye coordination...and end up with a super cool horse picture they can be proud of!
 

 Big Sister LOOOOVED doing this!  And, I have to say, that she was doing the tracing thing for so long, that we had to turn the lights off because the bin was getting warm. 
Please: if you do make one of these light boxes, keep an adult eye on it, as the box did warm up...not to burning warmth, but I would worry about the lights becoming over heated.  This is NOT something that kids should play with unsupervised!
We went around the house looking for cool things to place on top of the bin.  Magnetic letters looked really neat with the light glowing through...Baby Girl had a lot of fun playing with this.

What a great learning tool...Shapes:

Letter Identification, spelling words:

 Color and sensory discrimination:


...All in a new and fun manner!  We had a lot of fun with this, but have since put our Christmas lights back up into the attic.  We will be sure to do this one again next year, once the lights come back out again :)

Colleen

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