Thursday, March 8, 2012

Learning With Push Lights

We have been working hard these last few months to get a home therapy routine set up for Squeak, and since she is only almost-three trying to make it as fun as possible!
We are learning letter sounds at the moment and today incorporated some push lights I bought at a local dollar shop a little while ago. They are very easy to find and also very cheap (these were $1 for a pack of two).

Squeak loved these so much that we will be using them in lots of different learning activities in future... as well as just for fun!


* push lights
(ours also required 2 AA batteries per light)
* whiteboard marker
* permanent marker
* picture/letter/word cards

Push lights are simple to operate - press down on the white plastic dome top and it switches on, press again and it switches off.
They are usually in the hardware section of the dollar shop, but I've also seen them in camping and major department shops as well.

Squeak was fascinated by them right away. They were the perfect size for her little hands and easy to turn on and off.

We had a little play with them for awhile until she got the hang of it.
I may have had a little play too, they're pretty cool ;)

Using permanent marker I wrote her focus letters on top of the push lights and turned them on.

We played a game where I would call out a letter and she would find the right light and switch it off. We took turns so she got to use the letter receptively and expressively.

Once we were done with that game I just scribbled over the top of the permanent marker with whiteboard marker and it easily wiped straight off.
You could use whiteboard marker from the outset but I wanted the letters to not rub off as we played.

Next we used our letter sounds cards, placing the push lights underneath each one.

Squeak was so motivated to find the right letter and push the button and her attention throughout these activities was amazing.

Can't wait to use these again, if I can find them that is - they seem to have made their way into the wardrobe with two giggling little 'astronauts'.


  1. LOve this idea...already have the lights so will do this with grandsons..thanks for sharing.

  2. this is such a great way to make an activity that much more motivating! brilliant!

  3. This is such a great idea!

    I am a new follower to your blog and have already found so many amazing ideas that my kiddos will love!

    I would love for you to come visit me when you get the chance. I just shared a poem called "A Heart of Patience" that I would love for you to come read. =)

    Heather's Heart

  4. Great learning activity!

    Had to share:

  5. What a good idea! I really like this one!

  6. Genius. I didn't even know these push lights existed.

  7. What a cool idea. We've used these camping before, and I've never thought of writing letters on them or using them in learning. Great idea! I know SO many kids who would love this! :)

  8. I have a child with arthrogryposis in my classroom who has very limited use of his arms and hands and does all of his work with his feet. I use these lights when working in a guided reading group setting so that he can indicate when he would like to contribute, rather than raise his foot, which can be tiring.

  9. What a fabulous idea! Miss Daisy is slightly obsessed with torches so I imagine she'd love this too! :) Will be giving this a try! :)

  10. What a great idea! I think my Miss JJ would love these. We're into learning letters at the moment...