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Light Tables, Light Panels, and Light Boxes for Kids
Finally, you can always build your own light table like we did. You can read my full tutorial here.
Building Sets for Light Table Play
Building on the light table can be so much fun! I really want a set of Magna-Tiles for our light table so they are definitely on the boys' wish list this year. However, the Q Ba Maze looks like a fun mix between Lego blocks and a marble run, which I am sure the boys would get a kick out of. Some other great building sets to consider are Wedgits, slotted connectors, translucent blocks, and Interlox.
Colorful Blocks for Light Table Play
There are so many wonderful blocks that would look amazing on the light table. I especially want some mirror blocks for the boys!
You can always make your own translucent color blocks from dollar store items. Surely I must be making this up, you wonder. No, I am not. You can read my full tutorial here about how I made my own set for just $3. Prepare for your mind to be blown...
Imaginative Play on the Light Table
Spark your child's imagination with some fun light table play. Be a doctor and check out some human body x-rays or even some broken bones too. Or how about a veterinarian? These animal x-rays would be a lot of fun. Or maybe your kid wants to be a geologist? Then these agate slices would be a perfect fit!
We have done some imaginative play on our light table before, such as this frog pond small world.
Literacy Ideas for Light Table Play
The boys love to use their letter magnets on the light table. They may not be transparent, but the glow from the table shines through and enhances the color of the letters. My boys would also love to build letters on the light table with this letter construction set.
How about some DIY literacy ideas? Check out these homemade letter stones and transparent letter manipulatives.
Loose Parts and Sensory Materials for Light Table Play
There are so many wonderful manipulatives that can be used on the light table and often, I just browse the dollar store and craft stores for anything translucent. You'd be surprised what you might find! Loose parts are wonderful encouraging open-ended play and there are so many to choose from. We probably favor glass stones the most, but we have made use of many items from this list.
And once you have a nice assortment of light table materials, be sure to check out my amazing collection of light table activities here.