And that's how a couple of months ago, my years-long quest for a lightbox ended with the purchase of a really, really, REALLY massive lightbox from the IU Surplus Store.
We paid twenty dollars for it. If you know lightboxes, you're eating your heart out right now at that price. As you should!
Until you remember that I've wanted a lightbox for years before buying this one. Not jealous anymore, are you?
Along with finding some great ways to incorporate the lightbox into our schoolwork, I've been setting up some sensory play activities on it in the evenings sometimes. The backlighting is especially evident then, and it's a relaxing pre-bedtime thing to do.
Here's an evening that the girls spent in play with the lightbox and colored sand:
It's mesmerizing to watch. The photographs are a bit disingenuous, in that they make the light from the lightbox look brighter than it is--truly, the children are in no danger of retinal damage here.
We've been using the lightbox for schoolwork--it's a great place to look at x-rays!--but the artistic possibilities are also endless, and I'm now officially on the lookout for supplies like clear bins (for colored water play), colored cellophane, translucent boxes, clear glass containers, colored translucent plastic building materials, tissue paper, clear plexiglass (for window markers), and stained glass-style coloring books.