Wednesday, March 18, 2015

DIY Discovery Windows

I have to admit I'm a little bit in love with our DIY Discovery Windows. They're so incredibly mesmerising when they're on our light table.

Bubbles' educator was kind enough to give us some empty, large coffee jars for our Atelier. The jars fitted perfectly but I didn't really have any use for the lids; not until I discovered I could open them anyway!

What you need to make your own Discovery Windows:
As many glass coffee jar lids with plastic backs as you want
Found nature items or small items
Thin blunt knife or other opening implement

How to make your own Discovery Windows:
To make your Discovery Windows simply slide your knife between the plastic back of the lid and the glass. Lever the plastic up off the lid.
Place your items inside and place the plastic back on top.
Optional: If you want you can glue the plastic back to the lid with a few drops of super glue but I wanted to have the option of changing my items.
Place your discovery windows in a basket near a window, on top of a table or on top of a light table and allow your children to explore them as they choose.

Note: These are glass so if they hit a hard surface or are played with too roughly they will smash.

Both Bubbles and Squiggles have enjoyed discovering their 'windows' over the last four months, stacking them on top of each other, lining them up, holding them to the light and simply exploring the items inside and using them in small world play. They've been a valuable addition to our light table toys.

Follow along with Squiggles and Bubbles on Facebook and Pinterest!

Please always supervise your infant/child at play.  Please stay within arms reach and never leave infants/children unattended.  You know you're infant/child best, use your own judgement-considering your infant/child's temperament, habits, behaviour and development before you play with a new play medium.

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