If you don't already have a lightbox (sometimes known as a light table) - don't panic! You can make your own quite easily by putting a lamp or some fairy lights into a large plastic container.
A nice simple tutorial can be found here.
Ok, first things first; in order to use your lightbox effectively you must put some thought into where you'll put it and how you'll present it - hopefully making it into an exciting invitation to play!
My favourite way to set it out is to have the lightbox on a low table, or even set on the floor, so that it is easily accessible and at child height, and place it against a mirror, or better yet - surround it with a 3 sided mirror!
There are some lovely examples of how to set out your light boxes on pinterest.
Now that your lightbox area is set up, you can start thinking about the skills that you want the children to be developing, and the resources that you can add to promote these skills!
Here are just a few ideas:
As well as these general ideas, there are many other ways to involve your lightbox in your learning, for example: if you are learning about the body and people who help us - you could add X-rays. If you are learning about Autumn, you could add discovery bottles with pine cones, conkers, leaves! You see? The possibilities are endless!
I find that the lightbox is a great way to encourage children to look at items in detail. It can also help children to concentrate and focus. I hope I have inspired you to have another look at your lightbox!
Here are some more fantastic lightbox ideas to inspire tou from blogs around the web:
Ice on the lightbox by Garden Gate Child Development Centre
A beautiful glittery light table by Fairy Dust Teaching
A huge selection of 'everyday' ways to use your lightbox from Teach Preschool