Recently we set up a provocation for our young toddlers on the light board. Our goal was to present the toddlers with an opportunity to learn about colors, light and color, and shapes through hands-on and unstructured play on the light board. The children enjoyed playing with the different shapes, feeling the differences between the varying weight and texture of the objects, and it was a wonderful visual experience!
Light tables are a unique educational item that can help children learn and explore through an entirely new world… one of light and darkness. A leaf isn’t just a leaf, but it’s an entire system of interconnecting veins with varying textures, colors, densities, and a light table highlights this (literally!) We believe light boards make learning much more interesting because it allows the children to look at regular objects in an entirely new way. Combining the use of the light table and various objects allowed the toddlers to explore mixing colors, explore patterning using the objects, and provide an opportunity for the children to hone their fine motor skills by using their fingers to pick up the small objects and manipulate them. Introducing the light table to the young toddlers has allowed the children to pose questions and then experiment to find their own solutions!
Morevoer, loose parts play is an important component for learning in young children. It’s a free and unstructured play that gives children the opportunity to be creative with regular materials (not high-end toy products). Loose parts simply means moveable materials that children can use to move, combine, carry, design, redesign, stack, take apart, and put back together. Loose parts play is important because it allows for daily inspiration, endless possibilities, a chance to think, invent, and problem solve, and encouragement to be creative!