science activities for kids

Have you ever used a light table for tracing? There are so many benefits to tracing for even your tiniest learners.


  • Trace shapes
  • Fine motor skills
  • Excitement of a glowing light behind the paper
  • Discovering the outline of an object
  • Builds confidence in drawing

Kindergarten & First Grade:

  • Trace letters, complex shapes
  • Trace leaves, flowers, etc. Study their shapes and structures
  • Recovering “ruined” artwork (trace over the original that was damaged
  • Learn how to draw perspective
  • Draw more detailed objects

We absolutely love our Light Tracer. It was given to us and quite honestly just sat in the garage for awhile. I didn’t really know of a use for it until I started really getting creative with my PK1 Kids’ schoolwork. Now I can’t live without it!

But not everyone has this awesome light box. No need to miss out on the benefits of having one. You can make one right now with what you already have – or spend a few dollars at the dollar store and get your kiddos tracing!

DIY Light Table


Light up your candles, flashlights, etc and place them under the inverted casserole dish. You may want to dim the lights to make it easier to see (and a little more exciting!) Place or tape your objects or picture to trace on top of the casserole dish and top with a piece of tracing paper or plain white paper.

DIY Light Table

If your light source is small, you may need to slide the dish back and forth to get the light directly under the part that your child is tracing.

DIY Light Table Tracing for Preschoolers



I hope you have a great time using your DIY Light Table! What other uses for it did you find?


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