I began experimenting over a week ago with the idea of bringing my Three Ghost Friends: Learn About Colors eBook to life with a homemade light box. My goal was to provide an inexpensive way to allow my children to retell the story and experiment with mixing primary colors to make secondary colors.
First, I needed a homemade light box. I found an unused clear storage bin in our basement and a set of clear Christmas lights. I placed all the lights inside the box except that I left enough outside the box to reach the plug. I snapped on the lid and flipped the container upside down. I thought to myself, "That was easy enough!"
Next, I needed Three Ghost Friends and other essential storytelling items from the eBook. I made the printable sheet below which includes the outlines for 6 ghosts (3 white ghosts, and 3 primary color ghosts), a thinking bubble, a glass of milk, a blueberry, a strawberry, a banana, and a windy cloudy.
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|I had some clear file folders that I thought could work. I slipped my printable sheet into the folder.|
|Then, with a black Sharpie marker I traced all the items on the sheet.|
|Next, I added color to the outlines. I needed a blue ghost, a red ghost, and a yellow ghost. In the eBook, the ghosts turn colors after eating a blueberry, a strawberry, and a banana. I colored those too. I did not color three of the ghosts, the thinking bubble and the glass of milk. Lastly, I colored the windy cloud blue.|
|Then, I cut out each item. I was feeling pretty good and thought I had succeeded in making a storytelling kit with things from around my house.|
|I overlapped the Sharpie-colored ghosts to create the color mixing effect. I didn't like what I saw so I headed to the light box.|
|The colors weren't mixing as well as I would have liked. I think the blue Sharpie marker was too dark and the yellow marker was too light.|
|So, I went back to the drawing board. This time I tried Crayola crayons to color the blue, red, and yellow ghosts.|
|Coloring with crayons did not leave as smooth of a finish as the Sharpie markers, so I colored on the front and back of the ghost shape to fill in the best I could.|
|I was not confident that this idea was going to work as I cut out this set of colored ghosts.|
|However, to my surprise, it worked! I was pleased with how the Crayon-colored ghosts looked on the light box. The crayon-colored ghosts definitely showed the color mixing better than the Sharpie.|
|After my success, I tried the first part of the story. The Three Ghost Friends eat fruit.|
|They danced around and the blue ghost got tired and the red ghost ran into him. They turned purple! The yellow ghost had to think of what to do.....|
|He said, "BOO!" and scared the ghosts apart!|
I shared this whole "lengthy" story hoping that you will download my Three Ghost Friends: Learn About Colors eBook (for iPad and iPhone), read it with your child, and use materials you may have lying around your house to make a light box storytelling kit.
Here is what each of my kids (ages 7, 4 and 2) came up with:
This activity was designed to be used along with Three Ghost Friends: Learn About Colors.
Check out the other Three Ghost Friends e-books!
Random thought: I think the Lightbox Storytelling was subconsciously inspired by one of my favorite children's authors - Steve LIGHT. He has developed some very cool storytelling boxes that are available from Guidecraft.