Search Results for: Light panel play

Bottle Cap Art

  It’s interesting to notice that when paint is readily available to children, it eventually seems to lose it’s allure.  In our classroom the children go days without touching the paint.  We like to offer new and different mediums for [...]

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Easter Eggs – Temporary Art

Returning to the classroom has been quite the journey.  I’ve always implemented the Reggio philosophy in my home, but since being back in the classroom I find myself re-visiting Reggio ideals and provocations even more.  It’s taken over 6 months [...]

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How To Transform a Space

You know how you feel when you go to one of those bounce house places? Loud music, lots of colors, and total overstimulation? Do those places make you want to hide in a dark closet most days? Have you ever [...]

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Raffle Giveaway for L.R. Knost

This giveaway post from our sister page, Parenting Beyond Punishment. The Give the Gift of Gentle Parenting and Give the Gift of Life fundraiser for L.R. Knost is in its final week and we are bringing it one step closer [...]

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DIY Lazy Susan

~ My husband works 4 days on and 3 days off.  In order to keep him from getting bored, I give him a lot of projects to do.  I’m such a good wife.   SEE HOW EXCITED HE IS?? He [...]

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Learning Sight Words Through Play

Children who are prematurely pushed into regimented academic instruction display less creativity and enthusiasm for learning later in life.  In our home, learning through play does not end when Kindergarten begins.  We say no to worksheets, and instead create fun [...]

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6 Fun Ways to Explore Outer Space

Once you realize what you children are interested in, you can provide the materials to expand their learning in those areas.   Here are 6 fun activities for those space loving children out there. 1. CREATE A CAVE OF STARS [...]

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Exploring Money Concepts

    If it hasn’t been in the hand…and the body…it can’t be in the brain.  ~ Bev Bos   We like to engage and challenge our children and their learning by recreating real-life situations in our imaginary play.  This is [...]

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Light Panel Literacy

  As a teacher and as a parent, making learning fun has always been a priority.  I’m a firm believer that children learn at their own pace. When they are ready to learn something, they let you know.  My son [...]

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100,000 Mega Giveaway!

FAMILY – (adj) a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation.   This is how we feel about all of you here on Play at Home Mom.  Its not just a page, its not just a web [...]

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Light Panel Lanterns

Playing with color tablets and light is always a hit in our home.  The illuminated fizz from the bath tablets is always fun to watch….especially when it mixes with another color to make a new color.  My son loves to [...]

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Creating Play Spaces

Embracing the interests of our children goes well beyond INVITATIONS.  When we notice our children are incredibly interested in a certain subject, we do our best to create entire spaces in our PLAYROOMS dedicated to that interest – these spaces stay up [...]

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Using the Light Panel as an Upright Easel

Easels are fun and beneficial.  They really encourage pre-writing skills by “forcing” children to write and paint with the wrist in extension.  Easels also help strengthen arm and shoulder movements.  We love our DIY EASEL, and have incorporated PAINTING WITH [...]

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Fall Fun Activities (a compilation)

We thought it would be a great idea to put all of our Fall activities in one place for easy access.  Just click on the link under each pictures to take you to the post.  ENJOY!!!!! WINDOW ART POWER DRILL [...]

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Freezy Pop Bin

      My youngest is very interested in colors and letters lately.  AK has a great post on EDIBLE ABCs and 123s.  We visit that invitation often and she loves it.  I thought I would bring some fun color [...]

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Beginning Sound Jars

Following the interests of our children and creating fun activities that play upon those interests goes beyond imaginative play.  We are firm believers that children learn IN THEIR OWN TIME based on developmental progress rather than chronological age.  So when [...]

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The Unblogged

We post a lot of impromptu pictures that have potential to be blog worthy, but then we never end up blogging about them.  So, here is a quick picture list of some of our quality cell phone picture activities. THE [...]

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Glass Gem Compilation

Glass gems have been a staple in our playrooms since our children were 6 months old.  We love how one “toy” can become so many different things.  Below, you can see some ways that we have explored them. Glass gems [...]

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Shop

  Push Pin Document This also works great with Q-Tip Painting, Finger Painting, Magnetic Push Pins, and with a hole puncher! For more information reference this post: http://www.playathomemomllc.com/2013/03/getting-creative-with-push-pins Potty “Training” For more information reference this post: http://www.playathomemomllc.com/2012/02/pahm-potty-training Letter/Number Document Works [...]

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Getting Creative with Push Pins

**You can purchase the letter templates at the bottom of this post** My girls are always in my husbands office playing with the push pins on his cork board.  The other day my oldest started making some designs with them. [...]

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DIY Activity Table

We converted our train table into a light table a while back.  Since then we have added many different elements to the table.  This is great for people who do not have a lot of space.  There are so many [...]

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Jack-o-Lantern on the Light Panel

My son really enjoyed the Magnetic Jack-o-Lantern invitation I created for him a few weeks ago.  Today I created a similar invitation for him on the light panel.  While he already know shapes and colors, this would be a fun [...]

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20 Gift Ideas – 1 year olds

Click on the affiliate link below each picture to find out where to purchase.   1.  Magnetic Shapes  http://www.playathomemomllc.com/2012/01/supplies-art-toys/ 2.  Puppets/Masks http://amzn.to/2zl2DUv 3.  Musical instruments http://www.playathomemomllc.com/2012/01/supplies-art-toys/ 4.  Step 2 car This is just one version.  I know they have some [...]

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Suminagashi

We saw this extremely cool marbling technique over at The Artful Parent, but she credits the original post back to Inner Child Fun, so we would be remiss not to link it to her as well.  When we saw it, [...]

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Letter/Number Pop!

Here’s a fun game you can play with all of that bubble wrap you receive in your upcoming holiday gift packages.  The larger bubble wrap works best.  All you need is a Sharpie marker (you can use stickers as well, [...]

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Baking Soda and Vinegar Compilation

We posted a picture a few weeks ago with baking soda and vinegar.  We had a few questions on how it worked and what you do.  Here is the science behind it… “Baking soda is the chemical called sodium bicarbonate. [...]

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Multisensory/Tactile Tracer Bags

*FOR OLDER CHILDREN OR CHILDREN WHO ARE INTERESTED IN LETTER TRACING* This is just another version of the SQUISHY BAG.   Its another style that I made when I was teaching children with autism….and I wanted to share it.  The letter [...]

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DIY Sand Rollers

Sand Roller I actually bought the materials for this project a few months ago and never followed through.  Sand play has been a daily occurrence in our house lately, so I thought this would be a great time to make [...]

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Shot Glasses Document

As all of you know, we believe that there is no better way for children to learn than through play.  Counting and color recognition can be reinforced just by tracking you child’s play.  It always fun to just throw some [...]

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Letters in a different "light"

This invitation combined my oldest’s three favorite things right now… letters, stickers, and glow in the dark. The invitation Letter/Number Templates-  Can be seen HERE Neon Color Coding Labels (see below) Black Light. I did laminate the sheets so I can [...]

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Sewing Board

THIS is what inspired me to create a sewing board.  She made a table, which I LOVE (and would totally make if I were still teaching), but I wasn’t sure how my son would like it so I thought I [...]

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DIY Sounds Bingo

The passive nature of hearing is very different from the active nature of listening.  Listening is one of the most important skills we can help children develop.  Listening is important in everything from academic and real world success to friendships and [...]

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DIY Light Panel Letter Cards

I made these letter cards a few months ago when we were working on our Playing With Light Document.  I just recently offered them as an invitation because my son is typically “anti-letter”.  He has been consistently playing with THIS [...]

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Bingo Play

My posts are probably going to be short and sweet for awhile!  I’ve been busy chasing after the three little munchkins.  Here is a simple yet fun invitation we set up the other day.   Bingo Play Materials needed: Bingo [...]

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Playing With Light Document

We have finally finished our playing with light document.  Its 59 pages long and includes: ·    Infants ·    Toddlers ·    Beyond Toddlers ·    Pictures and links to the light activities on our blog ·    Light panel invitation ideas ·    Natural [...]

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DIY Translucent Geo Board

You can see our original DIY Geo Board by RL HERE.  I thought it would be cool to do something with an extra piece of plexiglass that I had, so my son and I made a translucent geo board for [...]

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A Glass Mosaic Adventure

Its always fun finding new materials to use on the light panel.  These glass tiles (from Michaels) did not disappoint.  My son built with them several times throughout the day.  It was interesting watching and tracking his play.  When we [...]

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Translucent Silly Putty

I’ve been thinking about this for quite some time and we finally made it today – translucent silly putty.  I wasn’t sure if it would work, so we made a small batch.  It worked and was really cool on the [...]

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SUPPLIES (art, toys)

MANY OF YOU HAVE BEEN ASKING WHERE WE GET OUR EQUIPMENT, MATERIALS, ETC. FROM. THERE HAS ALSO BEEN A LOT OF QUESTIONS ON WHAT TO GET FOR PRESENTS. WE HOPE THIS PROVIDES SOME ANSWERS FOR YOU. WE WILL ALSO UPDATE [...]

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The "Invitation"

An invitation is simply and extension of our children’s play.   Its a way to either build upon existing knowledge and delve deeper into the interests and curiosities of our children, or a way to inspire engaged exploration – to [...]

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A Photographic Twist On Window Art

For our original post on Window Art click HERE My oldest loves her window art projects and we do them often. I love love love taking pictures and doing photo projects.  My girls also love all the photo projects we do [...]

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Ice Skating Sensory Bin

My girls absolutely LOVED this bin.  When you have more than one child, it’s often hard to set something up that they will both enjoy… especially when you have complete opposites!  This is one they both played with together for [...]

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Colored Epsom Salt

To color epsom salt just mix salt with food coloring.   To see natural dyes click FOOD BASED DYES Some ideas for salts: On the light panel and in the sensory bin Candle crafts Christmas ornaments Bath bottles 

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Frequently Asked Questions

WHY PLAY AT HOME MOM?? We have had several of our readers express concern about the skepticism of their significant other when it comes to PAHM play.  We hope this explanation helps. Play at Home Mom is ultimately about connecting [...]

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Advanced Squishy Bag

This is a great activity for older children with better dexterity than a 2 year old.  My son helped me make it, but he didn’t really play with it.  I have used it with students in the past and just [...]

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Illuminating Art

One rainy day I was dying to set up some fun water play on our light panel because my son loves to mix and pour.  So…..I wrapped and wrapped it with plastic wrap for protection.  Afterwards, I thought to myself [...]

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Doctor’s Office

My daughter has an amazing creative power.  I love when she gets lost in her own little world.  From trips on her horse and carriage to Nonny and Poppy’s house, to her made up songs, to her endless scenarios of [...]

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Our Environment – AK

HOW IT ALL STARTED…. I always knew I wanted to create a great space for my son and teach him to navigate it safely, just as I did with my students when I was teaching in a Reggio school.  When [...]

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Water Beads – the post that started a CRAZE!!

Water Beads are tiny water-retaining polymers, just like contact lenses.  They are safe for play, but not recommended for ingestion.  I used these in my classroom several years ago and just recently spotted them in stores (located near vases/fake flowers [...]

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RL’s Play space

Playroom for a 3 year old, 2 year old, and 3 month old  To see how this playroom started off click HERE Black section of wall is chalk board paint purchased from home depot.  Artwork is hung in clear box cases [...]

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Lava Lamp in a box

My girls love making lava lamps so much that I wanted to create something more hands on.  We decided to do this one on the light panel for a fun effect… it does not have to be done this way. The [...]

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