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A Braille Christmas Tree and Snowman Picture

Make your own braille Christmas decorations
These two pictures are made from "So What about Drawing" by Marie Porter, which you can find online. They are called Braillables. I made these pictures to model what can be done with a Perkins brailler for the two Teaching Assistants I am training in school. It was some festive fun:  you can turn the pictures into cards or just use as displays around the classroom. There are much easier patterns for students to make and the "for" sign is very popular with the young students for making trees. You can then decorate them as you wish. It's lovely artwork for school and allows students to get use to maps and charts in a fun way. Knowledge of braille letters and contractions is necessary.

Materials: 

  • A Perkins Brailler
  • Braille paper
  • "So What about Drawing" handout
  • Self adhesive stickers
  • Collage materials (glitter, cotton wool, Wikki stixs, pipecleaners, etc.)
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Braille Christmas tree    Braille snowman

Procedure: 

  • First choose a picture.
  • Next you or your student need to carefully braille the instructions from the handout. You can read out the instructions to them or, if they are able, you could braille the instructions and leave them to work independently.
  • Once created, decorate with collage materials feeling around the outlines. 
  • You can turn them into cards or just display around the classroom as artwork.
  • They start off easy and get harder.  They're a great activity to send home as homework.
  • It's very easy to do and you can vary the decorations and the pictures. Use with individuals or a group, fun for anyone! This was a single activity.

Braille Christmas collage

Comments

braille drawing

Posted by Betty

Resources for Braille Drawing

Posted by Charlotte Cushman

Posted on December 9, 2016
Updated on: February 7, 2018

Previous comments for A Braille Christmas Tree and Snowman Picture

Charlotte Cushman commented on December 14, 2016

Hi Betty,

We're so glad you enjoyed this!  We have lots of braille designs on this site, especially from Edith West.  If you go to her page http://www.pathstoliteracy.org/users/edith-west, you will see the full listing of what she has contributed.

In addition, many people like So What About Drawing by Marie Porter and Drawing With Your Perkins Brailler:  An activity guide to creating tactile drawings.

We hope you have fun with these with your grandson!

Charlotte

Betty commented on December 14, 2016

Hi, I just love braille drawing. I am still in the experimenting mode, but still it is so great my grandson loves it
and everyone give as a gift and also as awareness that children can draw with their braille writer. Where can I find more drawings to follow? Again awesome. Merry Christmas!