Undersea Lightbox Adventure

Trevor loves his light box.  But for some reason we hadn’t played with it in a couple weeks.  I’m not quite sure how that happened, but reading about how much fun Owen and Melaina had with their homemade light box inspired me to create a new light box adventure for Trevor.

What You Need:

  • 2 gallon sized Ziploc baggies
  • water
  • blue food coloring
  • baby oil

How To Make It:

  1. Fill a Ziploc bag about 1/3 full of water.
  2. Add in a few drops blue food coloring and mix.
  3. Squirt in some baby oil (this is optional, but it creates some neat looking bubbles)
  4. Let out the air and seal the bag.
  5. Put the sealed bag inside a second Ziploc, to prevent accidental leaks.
  6. Place on top of your light box and enjoy your own Undersea Light Box Adventure!

Having his fish “swim” in the “ocean” (I found these transparent animals at the Dollar Tree in their glow-in-the-dark section):

The Sea of Trevor:

Cheese Face 🙂

The next day he also wanted to play with the colored gel bag we made previously.  This worked out great.  I had him sort his animals by putting the water creatures in the blue “sea” and the land animals in the yellow “sand”:

Trevor’s Animal Habitat:

Playing and Sorting:

Sensational Saturday: Colored Gel Light Box Fun

Time for a little no-mess messy play!  I’ve seen a colored gel activity on Pinterest before, but I decided to give it a little twist and do it on the light box.  If you don’t have a light box you can just tape the bag to some white paper.  Or of course this could inspire you to make a light box of your own.  It’s so fun!  Go here to see how to make one.

What you  need for colored gel fun:

  • Gallon size Ziploc bag
  • Hair gel (another great Dollar Store item)
  • Food coloring
  • Tape
  • Light box

How to make it:

  1. Squeeze the bottle of gel into the Ziploc bag.
  2. Add in the food coloring of your desired choice.  Trevor chose yellow.
  3. Seal the bag and mix the gel and food coloring together.
  4. Tape the bag to the top of the light box.
  5. Turn the light box on and have fun exploring the colored gel.

Trevor squished the gel, poked the bubbles, licked the bag, lol :), and had some of his light box toys “eat” the gel.  Older kids can draw lines, shapes and letters in the gel.

Sensational Saturday: DIY Light Box

The latest rage online seems to be light boxes for kids.  Several blogs I’ve stumbled across show kids having fun playing with ready-made light boxes.  But those are pretty pricey and I’m way too cheap for that!  So I searched around online and found a few ideas on how to make your own light box.

What You Need:

  • clear under-the-bed style storage tote
  • foil
  • parchment paper
  • duct tape
  • Christmas lights (I used white LED net lights I found on clearance after Christmas)

Using these items I made a light box for under 15 bucks.

How to Make It:

  1. Assemble your supplies.
  2. Line the inside of the storage tote with foil, securing with duct tape.  This helps to reflect the light upward.
  3. Line the lid of the tote with a double layer of parchment paper, securing the edges with duct tape.  The parchment paper helps diffuse the light.
  4. Spread the lights as evenly as possible inside the box, with the plug hanging over the edge.
  5. Put your lid on.
  6. Plug it in and enjoy!

Trevor loves his light box!  I found some great items at the Dollar Tree to use on top of the light box.  These are glow-in-the-dark animals.  They are flat and transparent, so they work great.

And I found some colored transparent kaleidoscopes in the party favor section.  He decided they were hats, because they’re cone-shaped like a Santa hat 🙂

I also picked up some colored gems in the floral section at the Dollar Tree for him to explore on his light box.

He decided sitting on it was fun too.  The plus side of making your own light box out of a storage tote is that it’s pretty durable too.

The light box is a huge hit in our house.  Playing with light is a great way to stimulate the visual sense.  I had been looking into adding some more visual tasks to Trevor’s sensory diet, and this worked out perfectly.  The possibilities are endless.  I can’t wait to find lots of new items for him to explore on his light box.


Stay tuned for more Light Box ideas, or check out Teach Preschool for their great ideas!