Friday, September 23, 2011

Wish List: Light Table

Since I've been blogging, I've connected with lots of other early childhood teachers and bloggers. The benefit of these connections is more and more ideas. And more and more things I would like to try with my kids. So now I have a wish list for my classroom.

The top of my wish list at the moment is a light table or light box. Of course, I'd like to get one as inexpensively as possible - and that usually means making it myself. 

I think I'm going to use this idea I saw on happy hooligans. It seems easy to do and also uses a light source that doesn't need to plug in. In fact, I've already purchased one of these lights from Walmart.

Deborah at Teach Preschool also has experimented with making her own light table - a larger version and a mini version.

Amy at Child Central Station also has made light tables. I really like her wooden one.

Why do I want a light table? So I can so things like these:

Painting on the light table (Teach Preschool)

Look at colorful disks (Teach Preschool)

Explore Salt (Child Central Station)

Create Sand Art (Filth Wizardry)

Examine colored water (Kreative Resources)

Play with water beads (Child Central Station)

And explore all kinds of objects - ideas from Irresistible Ideas for Play-Based Learning (and even more ideas); from Rhythm of the Home; from Filth Wizardry; from Pink and Green Mama; and from Strong Start.

So...I wonder what I'll be doing this weekend? (Here's what I did.)


  1. So happy you're going to try out our light box. It's so simple and inexpensive! The Hooligans just love ours. Nice thing is, you can use any size of container you want. Small for one child, and traveling, switch to a larger container for a group. :) Have fun with it, and thanks for spreading the news!

  2. Brilliant! ..great idea..and so easy. Going to the DYI store tomorrow to see if I can find a similar lamp. We have the box already...using it for our sensory activities.

  3. We actually made a few very simple, instant light boxes last week. One using a basket, one using a box and one using a plastic container! All using a battery operated light source. They were very cool. We will post about them after our school holidays (2 weeks).
    Donna :) :)

  4. Can't wait to see your version! Thanks for all of the linky love!

  5. Hi! What do you think about commercial banners of any kinds on blogs?