When children see a light table for the first time, it looks like a miracle. As bonfire light attracts all kind of little living beings, the light table attracts children and reveals its’ secrets. A tree leaf, transparent gem, sand revives on the light table and involves child into the creative process.
When I was a child I remember always hiding under the blanket with the whole army of toys to keep me safe from the dark. Were you ever scared of the dark when you were a child? It’s not surprising if you were haunted by this fear for a long time, as humans are truly creatures of the light. Throughout millions of years of history we were trying to avoid danger of the night.
First of all, people were enjoying the sun, but on dark days or night it was no help. So people learnt how to lit a fire. It was a source of light and warmth. Later on, candles became widely used to avoid uncomfortable darkness in the house. And only in 19th century Thomas Edison invented the light bulb!
In this history of light, light table had its own story. Did you know that in the beginning light tables were used for photography? Only 50 years ago in Reggio Emilia town in Italy, people came up with an idea that light table can be used for children education!
Wondering what is so magical about the Light Table?
Helps to concentrate
Reggio Emilia teachers noticed how light tables help children to concentrate. The light attracts children and attention focus is necessary for completion of tasks, learning new things, and solving problems.
Improves visual memory
It is easier to memorize pictures placed on the surface of light table. Good visual memory is handy when learning to read, count, and write. Indeed, to understand what is in the picture, a child needs to learn how to concentrate his attention for a longer period of time. It is important not only to see what is in the centre of the picture but its periphery too. These kind of activities demand a lot of brain work, as a child needs to recognize and connect all elements in the picture.
Gives sensory experience
Light helps children to see the same objects differently. Indeed, sensations experienced on the light table help child to get to know the world. Educational philosophy by Rudolf Steiner stated that sensory impressions are of immense importance for formation of feelings. In fact, it determines body and mental development. This is why little ones see, touch, taste, hear and think with all their body. Sensory system helps children to perceive world. On the light table children express their unique perception of the world by combining various materials, shapes, and colors.
As this looked like a magical tool with endless possibilities for fine educators, the idea of the light table was brought to our home country. First light tables were made in little workshops and nobody could get their eyes off easily once they were introduced in some kindergartens.
That’s were our company was born. When we saw how children respond to light, our goal was to lit all the country with light tables!
Educational Light Play Table became a star in our company. Its’ minimal design does not overshadow the player and engage in the creative activities the whole family.
To tell you the truth, we loved our light table so much that we upgraded it to MONAI, which won several design awards!
In 2017 MONAI has been awarded the Golden A’ Design Award in Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Category!
While usual illumination is just a source of light, MONAI is a source of better feeling. MONAI light table can be used as a lighting source, play table for relaxation, painting platform for children, or simply a marvellous piece of interior.
In May 2016 we’ve been awarded GOOD DESIGN of Lithuania! Also, MONAI received Silver IDA 2015 Design award (California).
If you are still wondering what activities you can enjoy on the light table, check edu2 light table guide!