Reggio Inspired Painting on Light
Find yourself wondering what all the fuss is about light tables? Simply put: light tables are a beautiful way to engage the senses and deepen explorations. Young children are often fascinated by color wherever they go. Painting on a light table is a wonderful way to explore this medium.
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1. Cover the floor with paper, a sheet, or curtain.
2. Tape paper to the light table.
3. Dampen some wash cloths and place nearby for clean up.
4. Turn on the light table.
5. Gathering Painting supplies - Our children like to help with this, but knowing where they are beforehand is still helpful. They also like to pick which colors they will be using.
6. Help interested children find and put on their paint shirts.
Encourage your child to freely explore the paint on the light table. Observe what interests them.
For younger children, you may want to describe what they are doing or seeing.
For older, verbal children, you could ask them to describe what they see? what they feel? how they are moving the paint?
Because of our recent sensory bag explorations, I commented on how the light was shining through their painting. Ex. "I see the light shining through your pink paint"
Some extension ideas:
*Try painting with other items on the light table.
*Limit or expand your color palette
Wipe hands and other painted parts with wash cloths or in a nearby sink.
Push light table to area you can block off until you are free to clean it up.
Then, pull off paper and place in a space to dry.
Use a wet washcloth or baby wipes to remove any paint stuck to your table.
Remove floor covering and either toss or wash in a machine with the paint shirts.
More Light Table Ideas:
Light Table or Light Box
Cups or Trays for Paint
Paint Smocks or Old Clothes
Washcloths for clean up
Drop Cloth for floor if desired
Sensory Processing 101
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