I have two boys. Liam is 8 years old (third grade) and is deafblind. Finn is 5 years old (kindergarten) and has typical vision and hearing. They both attend the same school and both got to make Valentines boxes for their class party as homework. They had a great time creating their boxes and were very proud of their creations! I wanted Liam to have a box that was as fun tactilely as his brother's was visually. It turned out that the two of them both had boxes that were fun to look at and touch! I always love it when we have projects that they can enjoy and do together.
- Box with a hole cut on the top for their classmates to put the Valentines in. We used a small cardboard mailing box and a shoe box -- whatever we had around the house.
- Tactile stickers: They can be found at the dollar store, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, etc.
- Emoji's: Finn wanted me to print off Emojis from my computer to add to his box. I also made Emojis that Liam could feel-using stickers for the eyes and black foam pieces for the mouths for his box. Liam and I also had a short discussion about what Emojis were. I think it's important to describe things that Liam's peers might like that he wouldn't necessarily know or have experience with otherwise. I made the Emojis myself but if we had more time I think he would have been happy to help me make them.
- Glue: We used Elmer's liquid glue and a glue stick.
- Braille label paper
- Construction paper hearts
- Give your child their box. Place all of the stickers, hearts, Emoji's, etc. in a large bowl/container. Allow your child to explore the materials.
- Have fun! Allow them to design and create their box the way they want. Help with placing items when needed or asked.
- Braille! Have your child put their name on their box (using the braille label paper) and whatever other phrases or words that they want to make their box their own!