FAQ: “Where can I buy a light panel?”

Light Panel Activities - Painting with Liquid Watercolours (An Everyday Story)

Light Panel Activities - Painting with Liquid Watercolours (An Everyday Story)Without a doubt, the most common question I am asked is, where can I buy a light panel? Tonight I thought I would do a bit of a search and find some online stockists for you.

I bought our light panel from Modern Teaching Aids when Jack was two. We’ve had it for nearly five years and it’s still going strong.

Light panels are definitely an investment item; they can be expensive. For me, buying an expensive item always comes with a risk; will we get value for money from this item? How do I see the item being used? I think this last question is really important. We can fill our homes with toys, materials and art supplies, but if our image of children – how they play, explore and learn – doesn’t align with the potential of these materials, then we won’t get value for money.

Our light panel is an A2 LED TickIT light panel. They also come in A3 size which cost less but you lose some of the potential play with the smaller size (it would suit one child, two might be a bit squashy).

Light Panel Activities - Painting with Liquid Watercolours (An Everyday Story) Light Panel Activities - Painting with Liquid Watercolours (An Everyday Story)

Australian Stockists:

Here are some Australian Stockists. Each link will open in a new window so you can compare prices and shipping.

I also came across these great new colour-changing light panels. They are also from TickIT so I think we can trust the quality:

This YouTube video shows the colour-changing light panel in action.

UK Stockists:

US Stockists:

Surprisingly, I had a little difficulty finding US stockists. Usually, they are the first I find. I did eventually find these ones:

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Our light panel has proved to be a very worthwhile investment. Jack and Sarah use it almost every day. They use it freely with translucent blocks and shapes as well as with different art materials (liquid watercolours and tracing paper are a favourite at the moment). I have a clear piece of thick plastic over ours to protect it from spills.

Here are some of the other ways we use our light panel:

Healthy Alphabet Flashcards from Teepee Learning - An Everyday Story

practising letters and words in salt

clear-based tray | alphabet cards
Learning Numbers on the Light Panel - An Everyday Story

writing numerals in salt and glass gems

clear-based tray | wooden number cardsShapes and Pattern Activities on the Light Panel - An Everyday Story

exploring shapes and patterns with coloured triangles
Drawing on the Light Panel - An Everyday Story

drawing with OHT pens (non-permanent, fine-tipped pens)telephone on light panel

Tinkering with electronicsReggio Emilia Project: Investigating Autumn Fall Leaves on the Light Panel

exploring the changing colours of leaves
Creating the Alphabet on the Light Panel - An Everyday Story

practising letters with translucent pattern blocks

pattern blocks | alphabet cards

Light Panel Activities with Blocks - An Everyday StoryPlaying with translucent blocks 

Translucent Geoboards on the Light Panel - An Everyday Story.jpgMaking shapes with translucent geoboardsDrawing XRays on the Light Panel - An Everyday Story.jpgExploring X-rays

Playing with colours - creating, sorting, exploring from An Everyday StorySorting colours

colour paddles | colour shapesReggio Light Panel Activities - looking at old slides {An Everyday Story}Exploring old slides

Water beads on the Light PanelPlaying with water beads

A few stockists for you and lots of ideas for using your new light panel. 🙂 Jack and Sarah are almost 7 and 5 years old now and, like I said, still use the light panel most days. I can see a good few more years use out of it yet.

Sometimes I’ll set up materials like the salt tray and letter cards, other times I’ll leave it empty so the kids can take their work over and use the light panel how they like.

It’s important to have the light panel out and accessible. Place it somewhere in the room where your children can play and explore freely. Pop a plastic cover over the top so you can offer sensory materials like water beads, shaving cream (add some pipettes and small jars of liquid watercolours for some awesome colour-mixing), slime, goop (oobleck), gelli-baff, coloured and plain salt … that kind of thing.

If you make the light panel accessible and protect it from misuse, you’ll feel more relaxed about the children making messes as they paint on, play and explore this really awesome tool.

I’m hoping to write a few more FAQ posts so if you have any questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments.

9 Comment

  1. This post is so inspiring, it’s crazy! I just wish I could get together with you and pick your brain over a cup of tea. Everything you write is inspiring but also so doable. I have learnt so much from you and get so excited when I see a new post pop up in my email (I wish you blogged everyday!!)

  2. Awesome thanks so much for sharing. so inspirational and so many wonderful ideas for play and learning. what kind of plastic cover do you use to protect it?

  3. Same question as above 🙂 what kind of plastic? Thank you for the time and effort to put this post together!

  4. I was shocked to see this email in my inbox. I was just researching light tables last night!! My question is also about the plastic cover. Is this something you can buy along with the table?

  5. Would you suggest a light panel, light table or light cube and why?

  6. Hi Kate, you are so inspiring! I was wondering where you place your light panel in the room? Is it far away from natural light sources? Do you close the curtains/blinds to use it? In a normally lit house do you think it would work effectively?

  7. We have a light panel in my classroom but my struggle is how to make it dark enough to do some of these activities, or similar, while still having the rest of the classroom light enough for the remaining children to work in. I am starting to think I need to make a cubby of some sort for when we want it to be dark. Do you have this dilemma?

  8. I built a cheap-o version using a translucent plastic storage bin and a string of holiday lights. I cover the bottom of the bin with wax paper (diffuses the light) and the inside sides and lid with tin foil (reflects the light out of the bottom). Once the lights are inside (with the cord trailing out; use with supervision), flip the box upside down to guard against an inquisitive child taking the lid off. We pull the blackout blinds down and it’s plenty bight enough.

    It’s not beautiful but it works, particularly if you want to figure out whether it’s worth spending the money on a more expensive model. And when you’re done, you just take the lights, foil, and paper out and it reverts to a regular sensory play bin:-)

  9. Thank you so much for British retailers! I finally found the dealers in Italy , to save shipping costs . One is http://www.borgione.it/piano-luminoso-formato-a3.html,
    I hope it’s useful to your italian readers.

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