Loft of Lights
Well I have started the reworking of my classroom for the new school year. I posted earlier that I had received a new loft in my classroom, it is up and ready for some fun hands on learning.
After lots of conversations and long searches on pinterest we all decided that a light table would fit our needs and the children's needs the best. Now the challenge was finding a light table since we did not have one.
As luck would have it a coworker was moving and did not want a wooden toy chest any more. So I did a little wining to my husband and asked him if he would re purpose the toy chest into a beautiful working light table. Cost $20.00 for a light rope that he placed inside.
He cut the top of the chest out and placed plexiglass under the lid. Then in cut a one inch hole in the back of the box so that the cord of the rope light could come out and be plug in. Next he attached four 4 X 4 post for legs to the bottom on the chest to raise it to 23 inches high.
We placed the light table under the loft so that it would be dark enough for the children to see the light coming through the objects.
We placed another shelf next to the light table with Christmas lights behind it and placed objects on the shelf that can be used on the light table.
Science lab, light table and loft all wrapped into one very cool space.
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7/17/2013 11:27:11 am
lovely! warm, inviting and repurposing the large chest--what could be better than that?! the children will love it!
7/17/2013 09:36:35 pm
Such a great use of space and creativity. I enjoy your blog so much and admire your energy and dedication... always thinking and tweaking!
7/21/2013 08:23:39 am
What a great idea. You are so creative. The kids don't know how lucky they are to have you as their teacher. Nice job to you and to Cary for being willing to help.
7/30/2013 02:39:30 pm
I have this same loft and love the idea. What are you doing with the top of the loft?
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I'm Tami Sanders creator of Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers, a blog to help teachers create magical moments for the young.