Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Owl Babies Story Box

a baby owl on a dirt path
Awhile back, my son Liam (deafblind) was attending an event where I knew ahead of time that the book Owl Babies would be read to a group of children. Owl Babies is a cute little story, beautifully illustrated, about 3 little baby owls and their mother. One night their mother left to search for food and the three little owls began to worry and miss her. The story concludes with the mother returning and a happy ending. I wanted my son to be able to experience the story and also what was happening in the pictures. This story box I created for Liam is a great example of how with just a few simple objects and steps you can make a story and pictures accessible for your child. This book is a good choice for a story box as it requires few objects.  
a larger toy owl with three small toy owls and a copy of Owl Babies book
 

Materials: 

  • Book: Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
  • 3 toy baby owls (I found them at Michaels)
  • Mother Owl (I was able to find a realistic feeling owl with real feathers attached at Michaels)
  • Stick from my backyard (to represent the tree branch the three baby owls were perched upon in the story)
  • Box to put the objects and book in (labeled in braille or a symbol to represent the story).   

a stick, the book, and the toy owls in a plastic bin

Procedure: 

  1. Intro: Allow your child to explore the objects in the book and introduce the story and characters.  
  2. Enjoying the story together: Read the story with your child and help your child act out the story (and pictures) using the objects.  
  3. Retell: Give your child an opportunity to retell the story using the objects.

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