Monday, 2 February 2015

Fairy castles on the light table {Light & Reflections Series}

I am very excited to join a group of very talented bloggers from And Next Comes L, Still Playing School, Where Imagination Grows and Happily Ever Mom for Light&Reflection Series. This month's theme is Fairy Tales

As Mr Frog is not a huge fan of fairy tales I put together simple light table activity that might interested him - making a castle on the light table. 

Fairy tales are full of castles. The Sleeping Beauty's castle covered with wild vines, Rapunzel hidden in the tower with no stairs, underwater colorful coral reef castle of Little Mermaid.
With Mr Frog we talked about how the castle looks like - all about the walls, towers and moats and looked at the pictures in some fairy tales.

To create a castle you need:
- light table
- tissue paper shapes (I laminated them, but don't worry if you don't have a laminating machine). Some of them looked like castle walls, some of them were just random shapes. The more abstract the better - then gives great field for imagination!  

Mr frog spent evening creating different castles....

We had Sleeping Beauty castle hidden in the wild vine that grew when she slept for 100years...

...the underwater castle of Little Mermaid and her sisters...

.... and the winter castle of Snow Queen from Andersen's fairy tale...

This simple activity let children play with shapes and arrange them in the space, experiment with color. The light table scene is great for evening storytelling if you add some silhouettes shapes

Don't forget to check out the other Fairy Tales ideas:

Jack and the bean stalk window activity from Still Playing School
Crown Jewels Math Game from Where Imagination Grows
Fairy Tale Sentence Building on the Light Table from And Next Comes L 

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  1. Beautiful! So excited to have you joining us!

  2. Thank you Devany! I am excited to join in, thanks for a chance! :)

  3. LOVE IT! My daughter can't wait to try this! She's literally digging out the tissue paper right now... :)

    1. Oh, so nice to read this! I'm happy you like it! :)

  4. This is gorgeous - love it!!

  5. Great activity!!! We have recently created a home made light table! This is such a lovely idea that I will be trying for sure! Just saw your silhouette light box post too!! Another brill idea, love the spin on retelling stories! That would appeal to so many children!!

    1. Thanks Amy! I'm glad that you like them! I made a light table using an Ikea table and we use it very often. These activities are so easy to prepare and my Mr Frog loves them :)

  6. OMG, this is sooooo beautiful!!!

    1. Thanks Elaine! I'm glad you like it :)