Have you ever used a light table for tracing? There are so many benefits to tracing for even your tiniest learners.
- Trace shapes
- Fine motor skills
- Excitement of a glowing light behind the paper
- Discovering the outline of an object
- Builds confidence in drawing
Kindergarten & First Grade:
- Trace letters, complex shapes
- Trace leaves, flowers, etc. Study their shapes and structures
- Recovering “ruined” artwork (trace over the original that was damaged
- Learn how to draw perspective
- Draw more detailed objects
We absolutely love our light tracer It was given to us and quite honestly just sat in the garage for awhile. I didn’t really know of a use for it until I started really getting creative with my PK1 Kids’ schoolwork. Now I can’t live without it!
But not everyone has a light tracer on hand. No need to miss out on the benefits of having one. You probably have everything on hand right now to make your own. Or spend a few dollars at the dollar store and get your kiddos tracing!
Gather these items:
– Clear Casserole Dish
– Light Sources: Battery powered candles, flashlights
– Objects or pictures to trace
– Tracing paper – or white computer paper.
Light up your candles, flashlights, etc and place them under the inverted casserole dish. You may want to dim the lights to make it easier to see (and a little more exciting!) Place or tape your objects or picture to trace on top of the casserole dish and top with a piece of tracing paper or plain white paper.
If your light source is small, you may need to slide the dish back and forth to get the light directly under the part that your child is tracing.
I hope you have a great time using your DIY Light Table! What other uses for it did you find?
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