I am not going to beat about the bush here. I want to be a "Play at Home Mom". http://playathomemom3.blogspot.co.uk/
Those chicks know what they are doing when it comes to fun and learning. So I have been having light box envy and decided that I was going to go and buy a big plastic box, and make my own, like they showed here: http://playathomemom3.blogspot.co.uk/2011/06/money-saving-tips.html
Off we go to Ikea, where I found the perfect thing; The new design Children's Table for £13.99. This is a bit more than I wanted to spend on what is effectively a plastic box. BUT. This is perfect. Toddler size, sturdier than a plastic box, and lots of possibilities. The table top is a lid, then the box in the middle.
Here is our table loaded up with battery operated lights (heart-shaped and other)
Whoa. The toddlers L.O.V.E.D this. The one year old even kissed it a few times.
Magic marker colouring on baby wipes. Thought this would be cool, but the wipe kept shifting.
Bouncy Ball examination in Ikea sorting tray
Crafty leaf skeletons
Abstract art with coloured cellophane.
Large push light with frosted cover-£1.99 from pound stretcher!
Tracing and drawing with tracing paper (more see-through than normal paper)
Demonstrating the sturdiness of the table and checking out the light from a different perspective.
Putting the small, led push light under the table and putting things inside the box in the table. This will be great for doing things with messy play as well. I've got some aqua beads arriving at some point so that I can really be like the play at home moms! I'm hoping these will be great in there. I feel safer using the battery operated lights instead of lights plugged into the mains.
Finding other great uses for the table. I am hoping that we don't get this confused with his potty...
Fish In The Water by the 6 year old boy
Beads and marbles came out after-work hours. Cannot risk these around the little ones who are still putting things in their mouths!
Lights out of the box are pretty great too.
I love our new light table. Considering that this was all on day one, I'm sure there will be many more light table experiments to come! Thanking the Play at Home Moms for the inspiration!
Update: We have since used this as a pretend aquarium too: