Yasmeen Kamrani Sallam
STEM Light Table Play
Anything that’s translucent will make for magic on any light table. This isn’t traditional block play because the items being used are out of the norm, which makes for a great STEM challenge. Colored plastic cups are perfect for STEM concepts. Whether it is sorting, patterning, color recognition, fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, creative thinking, endless possibilities are provided through this type play.
To set this invitation you will need a light table, neon cups, and for a fun twist glowing cups can provide for another illuminating element.
When children explore the natural progression of block play, they have to learn how to move and manipulate objects, as well as have the fine motor control to “click” them into place. Building helps the child enhance their visual-spatial skills which is crucial for reading readiness. Encourages thinking and reasoning: these skills are what make children become well-rounded, independent and successful adults. Involves focus and patience: children need to work slowly and carefully to be successful at creating their designs. Through building, the child will learn to experiment and make new discoveries about how things work.
Light tables are an excellent resource for sensory input. Children are often calmed by the glow of the table and the visual stimulation enhances their experience as they explore to further enhance their play.