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Northern Lights box ✨

I have been inspired by images of Iceland and The Northern Lights recently. They are so magnificent and a complete sensory overload, yet so natural and calming. I set out to create our own at home.

I started how I always start on Pinterest. I found fantastic chalk art but nothing you could play with. I remembered about my diy light box in the loft- maybe I could use that somehow. It’s basically a big clear lidded box with fairy lights inside. It creates a wonderous canvas for lots of sensory play.

 I drew out my Icelandic silhouette scene onto black card. I believe you can’t have light without dark. It adds contrast and is totally mesmerising. I used scissors and a craft knife to create the foreground.  

I drew out my Icelandic silhouette scene onto black card. I believe you can’t have light without dark. It adds contrast and is totally mesmerising. I used scissors and a craft knife to create the foreground.  

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As soon as I placed it onto my light box I knew it was going to work well. It looked stunning. The issue is... what do you do with it!? Once it’s set up what’s the point? I know my busy sensory child certainly won’t care if it’s pretty. Hmm...

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I tried talcum powder... always a great snow substitute! We sprinkled it all over the lid of the box and drew our northern light marks in it. It was fun and looked really effective. There must be ways to add colour I thought.

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Scarves! I bought twelve colourful scarves online recently. All different colours. I wondered if we could recreate the photos and videos we find of the Northern Lights on our light box. We watched the mesmerising videos and tried to copy the shapes and colours on our version. It worked better than I imagined! The scarves weave and blend together just like the lights.

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Next we went on a mad hunt around the house to find other items that may work to create our scene. We found sensory window blocks and my husband’s handmade trees. We placed our scene just so.

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It turns out there is a lot of learning to be had. We spoke about colours and shades and mixing to create more. We named shapes and used positional language. Of course we also learned about the Northern Lights and where to find them too.  

Finally, I really feel like I’m cracking this homeschool lark after all 👍🏻✨