Inspired by our recent trip to the Light Play! Exhibition, I have been even more desperate for an overhead projector for our play and learning at home. Lucky me! I have a teacher-friend who has managed to get me an old overhead projector (OHP) from her school as they are upgrading. As a result, I have been looking for inspiration for what we can do with it (especially things that we cannot do on our light table) and thought I should share my finds!
Creating activities with letter tiles. This could be adapted for numeracy and a form of Montessori-inspired moveable alphabet. I think the added element of light and projection would make the activities more engaging.source
All kinds of transparencies (printable, diy, etc) can be used for letter recognition, letter tracing, and sight words.
I particularly love the possibilities of art through sculpture with light and shadow:source source
Of course there are all kinds of opportunities with tracing too:source source
Geometric patterning:source source
Matching and sorting: here they match shapes and sort colours. This could be adapted for any number of educational activities!source
Exploring natural items:source
Viewing x-ray images from a different perspective. Also HERE is a great idea for DIY x-ray images.source
Block play with an overhead projector.source
Projecting background images for imaginative play! How fun!source
& what about small world play! (with loose parts too)source
I am so excited to try some of these activities and extend our play and learning with light. I hope you saw something that inspired you! If you have any other ideas, please share below! You may find me linking up at these great sites!