The other night, a friend came over and we ended up talking about sensory activities. She mentioned a light box, and told me I could set one up for Becca easily. Then I started seeing posts from many of my favorite bloggers (see the list on the right of this page) about light boxes! And, I decided that it would be a fabulous way to occupy her and let her play in my office near me while I work! I have a desk, and she could have a desk!
So, after digging through my attic and being disappointed with my options, I decided to buy a tub at Walmart (the one I picked was $6.95). I already had a bunch of strings of white Christmas lights in my cabinet just waiting for a project, so I sat down and decided to go all out and use my washi tape for something other than to fill up a storage container. HA! Here’s what I came up with:
I wasn’t real sure what to have her do with her light box – it’s on carpet, I wouldn’t be supervising her very closely at all, so I got some colored glass stones from the floral section at Walmart (two bags – $.98 each). They have some frosted and some clear stones in each bag – green and white. Then I also gave her a bowl of paperclips – some square and some round – because she loves to sort. This is what she came up with on her own – squares go in the square, circles go on the round lid, greens go in the triangle, and whites go in the “nectangle”. I’ll leave these for her to play with for a while, and then I’ll remove the washi tape and do something different for on top. For now, it’s simple and fun.
And the best part of all, is I can look over my laptop and see this:
Life is good. Yes, yes it is.
Total Prep Time for Mommy: Maybe 5 minutes to put it all together – including the tape. It’s as easy as throwing Christmas lights in a box and plugging them in.
Total Play Time for Becca: She has already played with it several times for about 15 minutes at a time.