On a recent shopping trip I discovered a Speech Bubble Light Box. You can write your own messages using the dry wipe pen and wipe it off. I knew instantly it would be ideal for light box play activities and mark making. As this weeks Virtual Book Club theme is pumpkins I decided to create a Pumpkin Light Box Letter Formation activity.
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Up until now Adam has been reluctant to write. If you give him a pencil then he shies away from the activity. I soon discovered thought that if you give him a Speech Bubble Light Box with a dry wipe pen, then he loves writing. Throughout the week he had been mark making at any given opportunity.
Since creating our DIY ice cube pumpkins Adam has been using them in a variety of free play activities. The permanent marker pen faces have stayed on despite Adam rolling the cubes everywhere. As Autumn is here it is now getting dark earlier in the evenings. This gives us the perfect opportunity for light play activities. As resuable ice cubes look fantastic on a light table we couldn’t wait to try them on the Speech Bubble Light Box.
My original plan had been to write a capital letter on the Speech Bubble Light Box and get Adam to trace the letter using our DIY pumpkin ice cubes. However, Adam was adamant to form the letters himself. This was great practise for his letter formation but it also made him think about how big his letter had to be in order to fit the pumpkins on top.
Adam wrote a capital A onto the Speech Bubble Light Box using the dry wipe pen. He then placed the pumpkin ice cubes on top of the letter. We discussed where he had to place the first pumpkin in order to form the letter correctly.
Once the letter was complete Adam removed the ice cubes and then used his finger to trace over the letter again until it had disappeared.
Adam repeated the activity time and time again until he had completed the entire alphabet. He even requested the activity the next night.
I had forgotten how much fun it is to play in the dark. I feel our Speech Bubble Light Box will be used for more light play activities in the future.
Pumpkin Rocks Alphabet Matching – Inspiration Laboratories
Pumpkin Patch Name Spelling Activity – Still Playing School
Pumpkin Sensory Play with Water – The Educators’ Spin On It
Pumpkin Number Puzzles – Sea of Knowledge
Roasting Pumpkin Seeds With Kids: A Five Senses Experience – To be a Kid Again
Pumpkin Spice Cookie Bars – Sugar, Spice & Glitter
Painting with Pumpkins – Kori at Home
Easy Colorful Mosaic Pumpkins for Kids – Toddler Approved
5 Little Pumpkins Fine Motor Busy Bag – Views From a Step Stool
Retelling with Finger Puppets – Chickadee Lit
Pumpkin Suncatchers – Clare’s Little Tots
Roll a die, fall movement activity – Kara Carrero
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