So many skills can be taught through any theme-based activity. In this post about "homes" you will find multi-sensory ideas for helping children who are blind or visually impaired to develop tactile, auditory, visual skills, as well literacy and numeracy.
- Tactile/visual book to represent different types of home
- Caravan, tent, house
- Make Duplo house, play with brick shapes, use different textures for different bricks, use a variety of sizes.
- Feel fabrics of curtains, carpet, bedding, voile, towels from a home.
- Make home area for children to explore, full of soft textures found in a home.
- Play with a key item from each room of the house – create objects of reference.
- Make tent with laundry maiden for children to play in. Use small camping tent, the ones used on the beach to create shade.
- Play and explore the items you would have in a tent – sleeping bag, enamel pots and pans.
- Feel food cooked at home, feel food cooked when living in a tent – sausages, cold beans.
- Make a tactile book to represent the key item from each room of the child’s house.
- Make rabbit hole in sand pit, stroke real rabbit, feel length of rabbit’s ears, whiskers.
Make tactile book with rabbit’s furry ears, string or fishing line for whiskers, a sock/woolly hat for child to put hand in and pull out small toy rabbit.
- Bring fish bowl in with fish swimming in.
- Give child real fish to feel, shape of bowl, put hands in cold water.
- Make different shaped and sizes of fish
- Make fluorescent fish shapes to dangle from black umbrella, make mobile with fish.
- Bird’s nest - make nest with straw and twigs for children to feel. Listen to the birds singing.
- Use feathers or feather duster to stroke child’s hand.
- Make a gigantic collage of a spider’s web using string, cord, thread, wool, wikki stix. Use pom pom with pipe cleaners for legs, dangle from string, elastic, attached to a mobile.
- Above, plus photographs of different types of homes.
- Favourite music played at home.
- Sound of door bell at home
- Specific sound made in each room at home
- Kitchen sound of pans clattering
- Bathroom – taps running, water splashing, toilet flushing
- Sitting room – noise of TV
- Garden – Birds singing
- Bedroom – musical toy, musical mobile, computer game (brother/sister’s room)
- Hammering wooden pegs into holes.
- Clattering enamel plate with metal spoon.
- Favorite food eaten at home/food eaten when camping – sausages, beans.
- Smell of favorite food/smell food eaten when camping – e.g. sausages, beans
- Smell for each room or key room for child in house, scent of bubble bath, washing powder, room freshener.
- Feel shapes of fish
- Feel shape of gold fish bowl.
- Feel shape of bricks
- Feel shapes similar to shapes of tent, triangle front, rectangular sides.
- Feel things with straight edges, curves.
- Match items used in the kitchen, cup with saucer, knife with fork.
- Put different textures and shapes of bricks in groups.