Easy Sensory Activity for Kids: Make an X-Ray Light Box!

You may have noticed that I’m doing a sensory bin for each letter of the alphabet.  What to do for letter X?  After looking at some pretty cool light boxes on Pinterest, I decided we could make our own easy sensory activity for kids: X is for X-ray!

simple sensory fun x-ray light box - the measured mom


You can do this too – talk about simple!  Here’s what you need to do:

x-ray sensory bin (1) the measured mom

1) Search for “x-rays” on google images.  Print a few on plain paper and copy them onto overhead transparencies with a copy machine.  That’s the hardest part of this, I promise.

x-ray sensory bin (2) - the measured mom

2) Get out some white Christmas lights and place the lights inside of a large plastic container. My container is transparent.  Either way works.

x-ray sensory bin (3) - the measured mom

3) Put an opaque lid on the container.  If you don’t have a lid, you could turn the box upside down.  However, if your box is transparent you may want to put a liner inside (wax paper or something similar) so you can’t see the string of lights.  Then put the box in a closet and turn out the lights.  (Warning: when you’re done playing, be sure to unplug the lights, or they might start to melt the box.  We had the lights on for 2+hours before I remembered to unplug them – no melting, but it was smelling pretty warm!)

x-ray sensory bin (4) - the measured mom

4) Give your child the X-ray transparencies and other objects for some sensory fun!   My Four counted the bones in this x-ray.

x-ray sensory bin (5) - the measured mom

 My Six pointed out the brain.

x-ray sensory bin (6) - the measured mom

My Four had fun building with his Magna-Tiles on the light box.

x-ray sensory bin (7) - the measured mom

We added these glass gems and tiles for more sensory fun.  We talked about which were opaque and which were translucent.

This sensory activity kept my kids busy for a short time – less than ten minutes each.  But it was a cinch to make, and I can see a great use for it in the future… as a fantastic prop for hospital pretend play!

If you want more light box ideas, here’s a great post from  Happy Hooligans (guest posting on CBC Parents).

And don’t miss this amazing collection of light box images from Graham and Parker.

For many more fun learning ideas for letter X, click on the image below:

Letter X Activities - the measured mom

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    • annageig says

      Thanks, Angela! You can do much fancier, more spectacular light boxes. But we’re all about simple over here!

  1. Jean says

    I made one of these light boxes, but I used LED Christmas lights. They don’t get hot. I really enjoy your site. Thanks for all of the fun ideas

    • annageig says

      Thanks for the tip! I’ll have to remember that for next time. So glad you can use some ideas you find here, Jean!

  2. says

    Oooh! I need to buy a box of overhead transparencies! This is so cool! We do a light box with Christmas lights too, but we haven’t used it for x-rays. 😉 Thanks for sharing this at Teach Me Tuesday at Preschool Powol Packets!

  3. says

    Love! We did X is for X-Ray a few weeks ago and had fun with it, too! This is a great idea to add when I repeat this with my younger daughter. Thanks for sharing!

  4. says

    I love your idea! We have really been getting into sensory bins/boxes here and I love that yours is so unique.

    I will be featuring your post on my blog tomorrow at the Hearts for Home Blog Hop! Stop by and grab an “I was featured” button!

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. says

    This is SO clever! What a great idea!!

    I featured this at TGIF this week. Feel free to grab an I was featured button if you like.

    Thanks for sharing all your creativity with all of us! I hope to see you linked up again later today!!

    Have a great weekend,
    Beth =)

  6. Karyn says

    This is just SO cool! Thanks for linking up to Share it Saturday. I featured your post this morning!


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