Science & Light Table Activities for Toddlers and Kindergarten Children


Light Table Activities for Toddlers ScienceLooking at objects in different ways can open up a whole new world of exploration and discovery for toddlers and preschool children.

Simple light table activities for toddlers & preschoolers are a fantastic way to accomplish this. Do you have a light table in your preschool or kindergarten classroom? If not, we suggest looking at investing in one for your classroom.

A light table will become an essential teaching tool that you can use over and over again with countless science activity ideas you can create for your toddler, preschool or kindergarten classroom children.

Light Table Ideas:

In the light table pictured above (to the left) you can see that there are 3 different colored jeweled pieces spread out on the surface of it. The pre-k children had a great time organizing them into colors, looking at them through magnifying glasses, and watching the light sparkle through by moving the jewels around. The preschool children also used their fine motor skills when we added science tweezers and the children were able to handle the jewels using the tweezers.


Examples of Other Objects to Use with Light Table Activities for Toddlers for Fun & Science

  • feathers
  • leaves
  • cut up tissue paper (variety of colors)
  • crystallized rocks
  • birds nest
  • x-rays
  • stained glass items
  • colored liquids in a closed sealed container
  • marbles
  • plastic gems/jewels
  • and more……(anything you can think of that will allow the light to emit through)


Light Tables for Teaching in the Classroom:

Light tables come in various forms and sizes and a wide range of prices so you are sure to find the one that’s just right for your preschool classroom, and budget.

Have fun adding light table activities for toddlers & preschoolers to your science center and you’ll soon see the many learning benefits it will have on your students and the quality of their education. The preschool children will never look at simple objects and items the same way again once they start using a light table.