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Cross Curricular Planning: Camping Trip

Many skills and concepts can be taught to children who are blind or visually impaired through a single experience or event, such as camping.
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People as Helpers: Cook

Multi-sensory ideas for cooking in the kitchen with children who are blind or visually impaired.
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Sensory Areas: Weather

This theme-based multisensory activity helps children who are blind or visually impaired to develop skills in all areas, including literacy, tactile, visual, and auditory skills.
tactile care "mom and dad love you"

Sending Your Child Off for the First Day of School

Create notes in braille or with tactile markers to let your child know that your thoughts are with them on the first day of school!
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Sensory Areas: Toys

These ideas for theme-based multi-sensory activities help children with visual impairments to develop literacy and numeracy skills, as well as visual, auditory, and tactile awareness.
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Sensory Areas: Growth and Change

This theme-based multisensory activity helps children who are blind or visually impaired to develop skills in all areas, including literacy, numeracy, tactile, visual, and auditory skills.
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Sensory Areas: Homes

These ideas for multi-sensory activities help children with visual impairments to develop literacy and numeracy skills, as well as visual, auditory, and tactile awareness.
Caterpillar Activity Strategy

Caterpillar Activity

This activity is designed to reinforce an understanding of initial letter sounds in young readers with visual impairments.
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Snap, Crackle and Pop Sensory Bin

This sensory activity is designed by an OT to help children with visual impairments or multiple disabilities to explore a variety of textures and develop their senses.
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Watches: A Tactile Book for Young Braille Readers

This tactile book uses all different kinds of watches to reinforce concepts such as big and little.
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Lunch Crunch Story Box

This activity uses real food items along with the book "Lunch Crunch" to make it more meaningful for children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with low vision.
Patterns for April

Circle Time Ideas for Beginning Braille Readers

Young children who are blind or visually impaired can participate actively in classroom calendar time using these braille adaptations.
Girl using brailler to write about the project she made with twigs and paper dolls

Enrichment Activity for Beginning Braille Readers

This fun hands-on activity for young children who are blind or visually impaired includes the creation of a collage of materials from nature, and the writing of a story about it.
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Ice Cube Painting

Designed by an Occupational Therapist (OT), this activity uses a unique medium to work in and provides special sensory elements to drawing and writing for children with visual impairments or multiple disabilities.
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Bubble Wrap Painting

This activity by an OT is a fun way to work on improving fine motor skills and handwriting.
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Braille Label Crayon Board

This practical strategy is designed to help braille users organize and keep track of crayons.
Binder with text on the front "Word Bank Binder"

Word Bank Binder

This activity helps students to match uncontracted braille to the contracted form.
Shamrock with green glitter

St. Patrick's Day Activity

This braille activity is a good way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with children who are blind or visually impaired.
Cover of Furry the Dog

Write Your Own Braille Book!

Encourage your students to write their own stories and create tactile illustrations to make book.
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Creating Braille Board Games

Braille board games are a great way to practice skills at all different levels, while also working on social skills, counting, and more!

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