Overhead Projector Play and Learn

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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!


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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.

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All kinds of transparencies (printable, diy, etc) can be used for letter recognition, letter tracing, and sight words.


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I particularly love the possibilities of art through sculpture with light and shadow:

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Of course there are all kinds of opportunities with tracing too:

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Geometric patterning:

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Matching and sorting: here they match shapes and sort colours. This could be adapted for any number of educational activities!

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Exploring natural items:

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Viewing x-ray images from a different perspective. Also HERE is a great idea for DIY x-ray images.

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Expanding Play

Shadow puppets!

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Block play with an overhead projector.

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Projecting background images for imaginative play! How fun!

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& what about small world play! (with loose parts too)

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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!


6 thoughts on “Overhead Projector Play and Learn

  1. This post is incredible.
    We went to a performance at Arts Centre Melb last weekend, and an overhead projector was a major prop. Cam and I were blown away by what they could do with it. I am on the hunt for an OH projector.
    Now that I’ve seen this post, I’m desperate to find one. Thanks for sharing

  2. Oh these ideas are great! I loved having an OHP when I was a teacher. I particularly liked being able to use it to draw a large version of book characters!

    Thanks for linking to The Sunday Showcase. I’ve pinned to our boards.

  3. That’s fabulous! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

    The actual technology of an overhead projector is very basic (mirrors and light), so you could make your own (that in itself would be another fabulous activity for older child).

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