We started our light exploration journey a few months ago with a homemade light table made from an old plastic drawer and Christmas lights.
Light exploration involves anything glowing that little children can touch. The opportunities for play and learning with light are as broad as your imagination. Any activity becomes more appealing when it glows. A light table is great to have just because it gives you a bright flat surface to paint on, build on, sort on, and write on.
Then a problem crept up on us. I noticed the kids would wait to play with all our glowing goodies until after the sun went down. Naturally it was more fun in the dark. But with the days getting longer outside, the light table started gathering dust.
This little nook we now call our light room. In our light room it’s dark as night when the lights are off. So it’s the perfect place for light exploration any time of the day. The door to the closet is miniature—something my kids love. It’s their own glowing secret hideaway.
* Water beads are found on the floral aisle at Walmart for a couple bucks and are great for sensory play. They literally glow on the light table.
* X-rays can often be obtained for free from doctors and veterinarians and offer a wide range of learning opportunities.
Hopefully this has shed some light on the possibilities of making a light room in your own house. Try it. It’s glowing good fun!