Natural Lightbox


Montessori Primary classrooms have a material called “Light box” in their Language area. It is basically a square box with light bulbs in it and a translucent sheet on top. Children use this to practice tracing and refine their writing skills.

At home,we don’t have a light box, but we could use the ample sunlight and windows at home to make our own natural light box.

Materials required: Coloring page , plain copy paper, tape, writing pencil, window or window seat.

Go to a website like or and print off a picture of your choice.

Tape that to the window at a height that is convenient for your child to reach.

Put plain copy paper on the coloring sheet and secure it to the window with the tape.

Sunlight coming from behind the window will serve as the light source for the tracing. Children will be able to see the image clearly over the copy paper. Have them hold the pencil and trace the image. Once they are all done tracing, gently take out the tape and the copy paper.

Children can then color or paint it based on supplies available.

You could also “write their name” on a paper and secure it to the window & have them practice tracing their name.

This activity serves a critical part in enhancing their writing skills, also serves as an art project and can be varied to include simple to complex images, letters, numbers and name tracing.

Check out montessorireflections_geetha on Instagram for the video.

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Geetha Nagarajan

My name is Geetha. I was introduced to Montessori as a parent and then choose it to be my career. I have over 13 years of experience in a Montessori primary classroom. I have a Masters Degree in Plant Sciences from India and a Masters in Educational Leadership from UNT (Denton, TX) and my Montessori Early childhood certification from American Montessori Society (AMS).

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