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The author with story bucket materials.

Story Bucket and Learning Activities Based on Otis the Tractor

This Story Bucket and learning activities for young children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities, is based on the book "Otis" by Loren Long.
Creative Play area set up for Three Little Pigs

Experiencing the Story: Expanding Creative Play Centers

Setting up an experience area in the Creative Play center of preschool classrooms can help children who are blind or visually impaired or multiply disabled to develop a deeper understanding of stories
Fingers in position to make dot configurations

FT2S2B: Finger Positions for Beginning Braille Users

Tips to encourage proper finger positions to create braille dot formations, first on the table, then with a swing cell, and finally on a braillewriter.
A girl examines a bracelet on her wrist

Nature Walk

Nature walks can inspire students with visual impairments to write about what they find.
'Pinocchio' Tactile Story Book For The Visually Impaired People-Sözer VURGUN

Pinocchio Tactile Story Book

Tactile books can help children with visual impairments to develop essential tactile skills.
Pattern calendar

Pattern Calendar with 3D Printed Shapes

Create 3D printed shapes for a pattern calendar for students who are blind or visually impaired.
Tactile Christmas tree on classroom door

Tactile Holiday Decorations

Make your holiday decorations tactile and accessible to all children!
Carrot car

Vegetable Vehicles: Imaginative Writing

A speech language pathologist shares ideas about supporting creative writing with children with visual impairments and additional disabilities.
A young boy carries a muffin tin cup

Multi-Skill Braille Cell Muffin Tin Activity

This hands-on activity works on basic concepts and braille readiness skills.
Christmas wreath in tactile experience book

Christmas Tactile Experience Book

This example of a tactile experience book uses items associated with Christmas as a literacy experience for a girl with CVI and additional disabilities.
stuffed toys in a small toy box

Kipper's Toybox: Extended Learning Activities

Extend learning opportunities for young children with visual impairments with these ideas for Kipper's Toybox.
a group of stuffed bears with a knit tea cup and treats in front of them

Peace at Last: Extending Learning Opportunities for Math and Literacy

Math and literacy extension activities for "Peace at Last" reinforce emergent skills for young children with visual impairments and other special needs.
Mouse

Story Box for "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie"

Story box idea for making "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" accessible to young children with visual impairments
Cover of "What's Inside?" pumpkin book

Pumpkin Experience Book

Create your own pumpkin experience book with students with visual impairments, deafblindness or multiple disabilities
a baby owl on a dirt path

Owl Babies Story Box

Create a storybox about Owl Babies for children who are deafblind, blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities.
Cover of The Beach

Providing Direct Experience to Develop Concepts

Children with visual impairments and other special needs need to develop an understanding of basic concepts in order to grasp meaning in books.
Bedtime objects

Stories about Routines with Beginning Braille Readers

Stories about routine events from their lives can help to promote braille literacy among preschool children who are blind or visually impaired.
Kindergarten conversation box

Kindergarten Conversation Box

A conversation box can help to promote inclusion and facilitate the transition from preschool to kindergarten for children who are blind or visually impaired.
Tiara for princess party

Mackenzie’s Birthday Party: An Experience Book

Creating a tactile experience book about a princess birthday party with a young girl who is blind. This is a great way to promote braille literacy!
Index card with "help" in print and braille

Cards to Promote Independence

Promote independence with students with special needs, including those with visual impairments, using these index cards.

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