DIY Light Box & X-Rays, Science For Kids At Home

This is our version of a small light box.  My husband built this box with stock 1 x 4" lumber. It is large enough to hold a letter size sheet of paper.  I will make a much larger one for sensory use, but this one is for smaller tabletop work.  We mitred the corners and cut channel groves down all sides to slide in the plexi glass. We pinned and glued the frame with finish nails and brads.  We are using plexi glass for safety reasons.
 We adhered frosted contact paper to the underside of our glass to diffuse the light. We lit our box with inexpensive battery operated press lights.

We have had an amazing time viewing animal x-rays. We printed some of our onto overhead transparency paper.
Xander is using our Magnification Tray to explore these images among other things like negatives.  We do have a microscope, but this is a simple tray that we put together with different types of everyday devices for magnifying. The tray includes a sheet magnifier, card magnifier, magnifying glass, rod magnifier, slide and negative magnifier, and just for fun a fly'S eye!

So starts our light box discoveries!!!

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  1. Very cool! Thanks for all the great light-box resources! I was just linking to DIY light tables yesterday at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page. I added your post now as well!

  2. Thanks for the tip about printing X-ray images on the transparency paper! We will definitely be doing that!

  3. Thanks so much for linking to my blog!! great post!!


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