A Lightbox is a fantastic educational tool for special education classrooms. The light box I use is from the American Printing House and was provided as part of the kits given to our class by our Teacher of the Visually Impaired. If you’d like me to tell you how to DIY a light box just let me know in the comments!
One of our favorite things to do is use the light box as a sensory board. How do you do that? You make a see through sensory board. I velcro it to the light box. Having a sensory board on the light box allows my students to actually see the sensory board and encourages them to reach out and touch it.
Peg boards are another fantastic tool to pair with the light table. They are awesome for motor skills, math, counting, and sorting. I use this set that I got from Lakeshore. This is the easiest activity of my three easy activities for a light box list. It’s pre-made! The pegs are colored but clear and the board is sturdy black plastic. Making it easy to see and easy for the students to use.
Mini Bead Bar
My students love using the bead bar! I learned how to make this and use it in a training by Diane Sheline, an expert on Cortical Vision Impairment. Here the link to her website so you can make one too. What’s the point of this activity? To reach out and interact independently. The goal is to encourage the student to look and touch the beads on their own.
These are my favorite three easy to make educational activities for a light box. What is your favorite light box activity?