A sensory light box is simply a transparent box with some fairy lights inside (the best ones are those that are battery operated as you wont have a cord hanging out of the box) and things to play with on top of the box.

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It has taken me close to a year to get all the things I needed for this light box.  The items are not hard to come by, it is just that this project was always being put off by other ones.  Today, however, I finally got around to setting this sensory activity up for my youngest charge’s quiet time.  You can use any thing to play with, but the general idea is that it is something that the light will shine through.  I used sticky window decorations this time around.  Saying that though, you could use this activity as a way of exploring what is transparent and what is opaque.

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My charge was fascinated by this light box, when she first walked into her room she didn’t seem to even notice it, but then when I turned it on, nothing could take her attention away from it.  I watched her play with it over her monitor for a good 40 minutes, until sleep got the better of her.

To make your own light box you will need:

  • Battery powered fairy lights – ours came from Paperchase
  • A large-ish clear storage box
  • Window transfers
  • Coloured craft film
  • Tissue paper
  • Glass pebbles (with supervision)
  • Water beads

An Invitation to Play

Things that you could use:

  • Window transfers
  • Coloured craft film
  • Tissue paper
  • Glass pebbles (with supervision)
  • Water beads

This activity may help development of:

  • Scientific discovery

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Sensory light box with window clings for children and toddlers.

About The Author

Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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