We had so much fun with this project last week I wanted to dedicate a whole post to it today! I purchased this amazing and large light panel from another preschool over Christmas break. I was excited to try some new activities with it, since our light panel is rather small and not great for large art projects. I laid a piece of plexiglass overtop of the light panel, and then protected the wooden edges with Saran Wrap (just in case!). I gave each child a few large scoops of finger paint. They chose the color combinations they preferred, and got straight to mixing their paints on the panel!
Children love to finger paint, and usually can spend long periods of time doing just that! But, when I added the light table to the finger painting experience they really went to town. Each child seemed to take their time, have more deliberate mixing techniques, and use their fingers in different ways to create lines, circles, and curves in their painting. These marks were made more apparent because of the light panel shining through!
As each child started to paint they began to realize that they were changing the color. Almost each child would exclaim in the middle of the activity, “I’m making PINK or I’m making PURPLE” It is so fun to watch these experiences unfold, and to revisit some concepts we discussed in the beginning of the year like colors and color mixing.
Once each child had painted for quite awhile on the light panel I then asked them if they could create lines, circles, squiggles, or a pattern of some kind in their paint. Then I laid a white sheet of paper on top of their design and we created a print from the pattern they made. We would repeat this same thing two or three times.
Then I would clean up the plexiglass for the next child to start anew. It was so neat to see a line begin to form and the oohs and aaahs while they watched their friends paint on the panel. Such anticipation for their change at painting!
I love the picture below I caught of M showing me her sticky, messy fingers! “Look Ms. Clare!!”
We will definitely be painting on the light table again very soon! More updates coming later this week as well!