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A Braille Christmas Tree and Snowman Picture

Make your own braille Christmas decorations with tactile ornaments!

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.
  • 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

  • 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.
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