Thursday, December 27, 2012

A light table!


For Christmas this year, the big present for our family was a light table!  We (mostly my husband) converted our train table to a light table.  I saw this idea on another blog -- Play At Home Mom.  In order to make the conversion, you replace the top plywood with a sheet of plexiglass. 

It turns out that white plexiglass is not something you can buy at Home Depot.  But you can buy it at plastics supply shops.  There are different kinds of white plexiglass, and you need type that is meant for light boxes - color 2447.  And it needs to be fairly thick.  Our sheet is 0.22 inches thick.  For a sheet that was cut to size and was approximately 31" x 46", it cost us $75.  Luckily, I could get it locally and didn't have to pay shipping. 

Then you install a piece of plywood underneath and attach fluorescent lighting fixtures.  We used 4 2-ft fluorescent fixtures, which each cost about $20.  My husband kindly figured out all the electrical stuff to wire them together and to a cord which we can plug in. 

And then... you find lots of colored plastic junk at the dollar store to play with!





I can't wait to show the kids more ways to explore with the light table -- tissue paper pictures, dry erase markers, tracing, sensory play, water beads...

2 comments:

  1. Did you use single our double light fixtures? Meaning, one or two bulbs on each fixture? I can't seem to find 2ft ones with two bulbs.

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    1. We used double light fixtures. We got them at either Lowes or Home Depot. I can't remember which one.

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