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Light boxes are multifunctional. For this reason they have proven to be very popular with consumers. Indeed, from effective components in the treatment of seasonal affective disorder to appropriately illuminating a background for graphic design and illustration work, consumers are unanimously agreed that light boxes are a vital tool that used for a wealth of different purposes.

The early years of a child’s educational development are paramount. Young children should be encouraged to engage in creative, intellectual and educational pursuits. Educational toys have long been a staple of children’s development. Products have evolved over the last few years to meet consumer demand. Indeed from modelling and jigsaws to basic electronic maths tools, educational toys have evolved. Today light boxes are a valuable part of the educational toys market.

If you’re looking to nurture your young child’s creative development then light boxes will allow you to do so. It’s true that some of the higher-end light boxes don’t come cheap – especially when you consider the cost of building blocks and jigsaws but the basic models are affordable, and after all, can you put a price on your child’s development.

You may be thinking, ‘what can my children use light boxes for?’ You may be surprised to know that there is a wealth of different creative outlets that light boxes are useful for.

Artistic expression using a number of different mediums is easily achieved.

Painting on Light Boxes

Grab some paints and get going! It’s really as simple as that. One must be remember at all times is that light tables are powered by electricity. Don’t let water come into contact with the light box.

Firstly, stretch two long pieces of plastic wrapping across the top of the DIY light table. Press the wrapping flat and have your paints to hand. Place your paper onto and get started!

The illumination of the light box may prove to have a contrasting effect at first. Once they get started encourage children to use their imagination to paint whatever they’d like. Wrapping the light box in plastic results in a slippery texture, however, this only serves to promote finger painting – and what young child doesn’t enjoy finger painting!

Once finished lift the paper from the light box and admire the creation! The freedom of expression will allow young children to truly stretch their creativity.

Create imagery to be admired with coloured bubbles

What small child doesn’t love bubbles? Using a light box to illuminate a tray of coloured bubbles makes a vivid and interactive display for children to enjoy. A great way to combine oral motor exercises, light, colour, and fun children will surely spend hour upon hour playing with their creations.

Children can blow bubbles using a straw to create bubbles of different sizes. Adding a splash of colour to the solution by using a spray bottle will result in wonderful imagery!

These are just two of the ways that children can use a light box to create inspirational imagery and designs. Get them engaged in artistic expression from an early age – you never know where it’ll take them.

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