We made our own colorful glass gems to use on a light table for a sensory activity and creative painting activity. These glass gems are fun to make and build fine motor skills.
Do you have a light box or ever used one? It’s a super cool way to play, learn, and explore. We’ve done an attempt at a DIY light box before but weren’t too happy with the long term results of it.
It worked well for tracing and handwriting practice, checking out a few cool manipulatives on the lights, but…well, you can read about our thoughts in the end. We wanted to try another attempt and so this time, we did something just as simple and easy, but it worked WAY better.
That post should be up this week. For now, we wanted to share what we’ve been playing with on the light box. Our own DIY colored glass gems!
DIY Glass Gems
cut into little squares.
Add a little bit of glue with some water and mix together with a paint brush.
Next, trace your gems onto a piece of tissue paper. I cut out a whole stack at once and it worked well to cover each gem. A pretty princess pencil makes it more fun 😉
Baby Girl helped with the next part. She painted the glue mixture onto the flat side of each gem while I stuck the tissue paper on.
They are starting to look pretty fun!
Once the glue dried, we started playing! We didn’t even pull out the light box yet. Just playing with these colored stones on the table was fun. These would be so pretty in a flat dish with a Spring centerpiece or perfect for math activities. We sorted, stacked, made shapes, counted, named colors…how many ways can you think of to play and learn with colored gemstones?
2 thoughts on “Glass Gems on the Light Table”
These would make great manipulatives for patterns or as loose parts. I bet they're going to look awesome on the light table!
Wow! Great addition to the manipulatives. Cool idea. Thanks for Sharing.
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