9 Fall Light Table Activities
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Check out these fall light table activities designed for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students. These activities are hands-on, educational, and so much fun for your little learners! The light table is a great center area for developing fine motor muscles while working on literacy and math skills.
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These fall light table activities can easily be altered to fit your theme; just change the manipulatives.
- Fall Acrylic Leaves, Pumpkin, Acorns
- Halloween Acrylic Objects
- Corn (for a fall, farm, or Thanksgiving theme)
Fall Light Table Activities
Build a Fall Tree! This simple open-ended art activity is a great fall project for little learners. The tree trunk is cut from brown foam. Then, I laid out green glass beads and acrylic acorns and leaves. This is a fun way to add new colours to your kids’ activities on the light table.
Fall Letter Match! Write letters on a white piece of paper and give students some fall manipulatives or letter manipulatives. Students can pick a letter manipulative and place it on top of the matching letter, or they can use the fall manipulatives to cover the matching letter. Differentiate this activity by only using letters of the alphabet that match your students’ needs.
Corn Pre-Writing Activity! Draw your own lines and give students a chance to trace them with a dry-erase marker or trace them with fall manipulatives. Using the fall manipulatives is great for fine motor development, and students can make patterns, too!
Fall Pre-Writing Activity! If you have the Fall Math & Literacy Centers pack, you can use these pre-writing strips to practice drawing lines on the light table. Students can use dry-erase markers, manipulatives, or play dough. Play dough sensory play is so much fun on the light box.
Fall Writing Trays! Use transparent trays and colored salt to make these fall writing trays. The leaf letter printables are in the Fall Math & Literacy Centers. Students can use paintbrushes, their fingers, or pom poms to write the letters in the salt. Put the leaf lower case letters in a sensory bin for even more letter recognition fun!
Fall Pattern Block Mats! Grab these fall pattern blocks for a fun math light table activity. This set also comes with mats for pom poms, geoboards, play dough, and linking cubes. I am using some transparent pattern blocks, but regular ones would work too. These fine motor mats are a great activity for fine motor skills.
Fall Cover Up Activity! Find this fall cover up printable in the Fall Math & Literacy Centers pack. Give students a die and small fall manipulatives. Then, they will roll the die and place that many manipulatives on their mat. Play continues until their mat is full. If you need to make it tougher, give students 2 dice and practice addition!
Leaf Color Sorting! Make a simple color sorting activity for young children by laminating pieces of tissue paper and giving them fall manipulatives to sort. I love these acrylic leaves for little learners. Check out the sorting activity below for a harder task.
Fall Color Counting & Sorting! Make the color sorting a little tougher by adding a die. Students will roll the die and sort that many fall manipulatives onto the laminated tissue paper leaves. Add tweezers for even more fine motor development.
Halloween Count & Sorting Fun Activity! Make another counting and sorting game with a Halloween twist. Just swap out the manipulatives, and you are ready to go. If you don’t have the right colored containers for sorting, just use clear cups and colored masking tape. This is the perfect way to change your light panel for older children or different themes.
Corn Count & Sort Activity! Make the counting and sorting activity perfect for fall or Thanksgiving with these corn counting manipulatives. If you need this activity to be tougher, give students 2 dice, and they can practice addition.
I hope your students love these fall light table play activities as much as my students do! Remember, if you don’t have these fall manipulatives, just find things in your preschool classroom that will work for the activity; not all materials have to be transparent to be fun on the light table! A great way to encourage creativity on the light table is to give students natural items and loose parts in fall colors, too! Check back for new ways to use the light table for other seasons and times during the year!
Get great ideas for DIY Light Table Manipulatives here.
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