Illuminate and Upgrade Your Learning Space with Light Tables, Panels and Mirrors

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Illuminate and Upgrade Your Learning Space with Light Tables, Panels and Mirrors

To create interest and drama naturally just add light. Whether the source is a light panel, light table, light cube or simply a mirror element, light can illuminate and transform familiar objects and learning spaces.

 

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If you don’t have room for a light table, LED light panels or Light Cubes are a good option.  With very low power draw these super-efficient panels are cool, sturdy and easy to incorporate into an existing space.  But they immediately draw attention and can create a new focal point for your room.

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light panel in Louise Kool's early childhood resources showroom

 

Light Cube:  in a child care early years centre for exploration and play to learn discovery.

 

Your objects or specimens don’t have to be translucent or transparent to be used on a light table or panel.  Contrast between light and dark emphasize shapes and curves. While edge details are revealed with the clear bright light. 

 

Mirrors

Mirror base panel:  in child care centre for play to learn exploration of light and colour

Mirrors can also can bring depth and dimension to your space. But when used for construction, block play and exploration they add new perspectives for learning. With block play, it’s a fascinating way to see inside structures adding new insight to volume, negative space and symmetry.

Dusyma’s Luxy Luminescent Building Blocks and Lumi Translucent Building Blocks are designed to bring the element of light into construction.  Combine for colour mixing with a powered light source or with a mirror to explore architecture with light.

 

 

Here are 4 specific learning areas with examples of how light can illuminate.

 

Science

Examine structures of living things -- leaves, petals, stems, insects, feathers – with translucent specimen blocks or just samples from outdoors.  Mix colours with tokens, jewels or acetates.  Reflect one mirror to another mirror for a glimpse into infinity.

 

Letters and numbers

Compare a variety of representations of numbers and letters – differences are easy to see with the high contrast.  Build shapes with attribute blocks or words with cut-out letters. On a mirrored surface, children love playing with symmetry and reverse images. And of course any kind of translucent colour tokens will be fun to group, count, combine and breakdown.

 

Block Construction

 

Building and Playing Steps with Mirror child care centre furnishings for block play learning area

 

Dusyma Round Mirror Base: for block construction learning area in child care centre.

 

Building on light sources creates solid and shadow structures to discover the relationships between 2Dimensional and 3 dimensional representation.  As well as adding drama that can prompt narratives. On Dusyma’s Building and Playing Steps with Mirror, or round or rectangle Mirror Bases stories take on many dimensions and perspectives. 

 

Art

art atelier in child care centre with mirror panel to add light

Illuminate an atelier for inspiring provocations with natural elements or manufactured objects.  Find shapes – circles, triangles, rectangles – in natural examples – insects, leaves, feathers etc.  Use an opaque object on a light source to eliminate distracting details with high contrast revealing base shapes.  Use mirrors to explore objects from multiple angles.  In the art atelier above, a mirror panel on the Roomscapes by Community Playthings panel attached to a Creative Unit adds interest and function to the defined space

 

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  • Bogdan Pospielovsky
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