Do you have a light table center in your classroom? Or maybe you’re wondering “what is a light table center and why do I need one?”
A light table is a translucent, flat surface, such as a tabletop- with a light source underneath, the light shines up towards the top of the table.
You may be familiar with the concept of light tables as a drafting tool, but they have quickly become popular in early childhood classrooms everywhere.
The possibilities for playing and learning with a light table are endless!
Light Table Center in Preschool
Here are some of the most common questions teachers have about using light tables in the preschool classroom.
- What is a light table?
- Where can I find a light table?
- What are the educational benefits of light tables?
- What tools or toys can be used on a light table?
You can find answers to each of these light table questions below.
Where Can I Find a Light Table?
Light tables come in many different sizes and shapes. Some companies make light tables designed for use in the early childhood classroom, here are some of the most popular models:
DIY Light Table
Light tables are easy to make, you can find the directions for making your own inexpensive light table here.
Educational Benefits of a Light Table
At first glance, some may think a light table is just for science exploration and discovery, but the benefits definitely don’t end there.
A light table can be used to enhance literacy, math, and writing skills in fun and playful ways.
Children are naturally drawn to the gentle glow of the light table and tend to stay there for long periods of time, which is great for stretching those budding attention spans.
The light table is a versatile tool that can be used for everything from open-ended play experiences to arts and crafts, to teaching academic concepts, and more!
When you infuse your light table center with opportunities for science, math, literacy, and writing it quickly becomes a powerhouse of learning.
What Tools Should Be Used On a Light Table?
There are many different materials designed specifically to be used on a light table. I have compiled a list of my favorite light table tools for you here.