I’ve wanted to get my girls a light table since the moment I saw one at a local nursery school. They are so awesome it’s kind of ridiculous. Unfortunately, however, they are majorly expensive so I’ve been waiting and waiting to take the plunge. I ended up finding this one on ebay for Gigi’s second birthday. It’s definitely not cheap at 150, but it was less than a lot of the other ones and I like how simple the design is. I think it might be someone’s DIY project because it kind of seems like an Ikea Hacker job. Regardless, we love it! It was super easy to put together and the light works great. Very pleased so far. We’re two days in.
First night I set out some magnatiles and a big crystal, which was pretty cool. We LOVE magnatiles in our house.
The next day, I covered the table with white butcher paper, filled a cup with paint and put down some plastic stencils. Gigi had a blast. We talked about the different shapes and she filled them in with paint to see the stencil. Her favorites were the bottle and the teddy bear. She’s only two, so she didn’t cover all the white space to make the stencil, but it didn’t matter at all. She loved lifting the stencil and looking for the design.
It looks like the listing for this light table is down on ebay. Maybe they make one at a time. If you want to get crafty and make your own, here is a really thorough tutorial and here is a way more basic tutorial. If you just want to go ahead and buy the real deal, this one and this one come highly recommended. I bet they come up on Craigslist from time to time too. Enjoy!