Lately, I have been seeing a lot of these online and decided to try making one for Asher. I wish I had chanced upon these tutorials earlier, I’m pretty sure an 8 month old or 10 month old Asher would have been pretty intrigued. Some branded preschools have light tables and this why you are paying a premium fee because of the resources and facilities they have. So if you are not willing to fork out S$2000 a month or your child’s preschool does not own a light table, then why not try making one of your own?
Light tables are great sensory tools for exploratory play. But they can be quite costly with prices usually starting in the hundreds. Besides, I have not seen a single light table in any kids supply store in Singapore. I guess it isn’t that popular here, Singaporean parents are more obsessed with flash cards and assessment books.
There is this really cool link which teaches you how to make your own light table. It looks way more professional and is relatively cheap to build. But if you are like me and rather not risk playing carpenter then here’s how to make your own DIY light box.
This is probably the easiest way to make your own DIY box. Just grab a TROFAST storage box from Ikea and overturn it on a light source. (If you found this box familiar, then yes, it first appeared in my shark feeding box tutorial). Yes, it is as simple as that! We used a SMYG lamp, also from Ikea, for our light source. You could use a lamp or torch light, it is really up to you!
For storage, you could just turn it upright and cover it with the lid to prevent the insides from getting dusty. In fact, when all of our light box learning materials from Amazon arrives, I plan to store them in the box along with the lamp. This way we get to save space too. Total cost of your DIY light box = less than SGD$20!
Now, if you are clueless about what activities to go along with your light box, just check out Pinterest. There are lots of resources over there!