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Friday, October 14, 2011

Light Panel - Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?

A light panel is an illuminated board.  (There are also light boxes and light tables - same concept, just different construction.)  Light panels have tons and tons of uses and bring an added dimension to play – LIGHT!  They are a fabulous way to optimize sensory play (and even academic endeavors - for older children)....and did you know that light can be therapeutic for some children?  Oh yes!!  Here is our article, published in an online magazine that shows the endless activities and fun a light panel can bring - 

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 Light table in our playroom.  Light table accessories hanging on pegboard.

Click HERE for more inspiration!
Click HERE for great light panel activities!

A light panel is fun for all ages!

We have had our light panel since my son was born (for 3 years).  Here he is exploring on it as an infant.

This is RLs youngest daughter as an infant exploring and learning the color green on their light panel.  

 This is the homemade light box AB made for her daughter.  Clear bin and Christmas lights - simple.  You can add some parchment paper to the inside of the lid to distribute the light more evenly.

Everyone can enjoy a light panel/box/table.   
Click HERE to see some you can purchase. 
Click HERE to see a do it yourself version. 

Also check out our pinterest page for more inspiration.



  1. I just wanted to let you know that I stalk your blog :) I love it!! I am learning so much, I have gone back and read so many of your posts...I swear every time I'm on your blog I spend about an hour reading and getting ideas, I just found your blog about 2 weeks ago and I'm here like every day! I am going to be a mom for the first time in 16 days (hopefully no later:)) and I just wanted you to know how grateful I am that you take the time to explain everything, I'm so excited to teach my lil girl all that I have learned...I already have my eye on a clear tote to make a light bin...and some rice to make a rainbow sensory bin. thanks again for educating me! I'll be around ;)

  2. @KC - THANK YOU!! It inspires us more when we get nice messages like yours. Congrats on your new baby....get ready for a great adventure. Being a mother can be as wonderful as you want it to be! What a lucky little girl you are bringing into this world...one with a Mommy so open and willing to receive information. I have so much respect for parents who strive to be great for their children! We look forward to seeing and hearing more from you. :) AK

  3. I love that even a little person can learn and explore!

  4. What are the dimensions of your light table? My FIL is going to build one for us. Also, do you have any building insights for us? Anything that is super important to making the table the best it can be for the kids?

    Jenn Cozad

  5. I think we are going to invest in a light panel/table for our big holiday gift. Which light table accessories do you think are a must have? There seem to be so many options! I have a 3 year old daughter and 18 month old son.

    I am new to your blog and FB page and it is amazing! What great ideas for truly creative and fun play.

    Thank you for sharing!

  6. All of the light table accessories we love can be found here - http://playathomemom3.blogspot.com/2011/09/discount-school-supply-products-we-love.html

  7. Where did you buy your lighttable? Yours looks much thinner than most of the models I'm finding (including on discount school supply).

  8. I love your site and ideas! In fact, this was featured on Friend-Feature Friday over here: http://www.funcheaporfree.com/2011/11/tons-of-ideas-for-playing-with-your.html

  9. Its the Ultra Thin Light Panel from constructive playthings

  10. I just found your site! Wow.. Thanks you for all that you do for all of use and our little ones. I am getting more and more creative thanks to you!I can't wait to make a Light panel among other things!!

  11. What are the dimensions of your light table? We've got the same panel - but I'm trying to get my spouse to build me a table ... :)


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