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Adapting Roll-a-Christmas-Tree Game

Ideas to make the Roll-a-Christmas-Tree game accessible to children who are deafblind, blind or visually impaired using braille and tactile materials

My son’s 4th grade class is having a Christmas party at school and this Roll-a-Christmas-Tree game will be one of the activities.   I wanted to modify the activity so that my son who is deafblind and a braille reader can participate.  I started by brailling the directions and then assembled the materials that he would need to complete the activity.  This is an inclusive game that he will be able to play with his classmates at their holiday party!


Here is the original activity:

Roll a Christmas Tree directions
Roll-a-Christmas Tree directions

Roll-A-Christmas Tree

Take turns rolling a die. First one to finish drawing a tree is the winner!

  1. Draw the top of the tree.
  2. Draw the middle of the tree.
  3. Draw the bottom of the tree.
  4. Draw the tree trunk.
  5. Draw a star on the top.
  6. Draw 1 ornament.

Your tree is finished when it has a top, a middle, a bottom, a trunk, a star at the top, and at least 6 ornaments.

Adapting the Activity for a Braille Reader

We brailled the directions.  You could do this for your student or child, or you could dictate it for them to write out.  I decided to do cut out pieces since he likes colors and would prefer to glue them to the paper instead of drawing.  This also makes the activity more tactile (if i had more time you could add textured paper instead:).   Of course I included a raised dot dice as well!!   I added Elmer’s glue to the black dots for him to feel.  

Braille version of Roll a Christmas Tree instructions
Braille version of Roll a Christmas Tree instructions

Making the Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree worked well with construction paper cut-outs of different colors.  Again, you could use textured materials to increase the tactile element of the activity.

Christmas tree made out of cut out construction paper
Christmas tree made out of cut out construction paper
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