This is a St. Patrick’s Day braille activity I have done with my Pre-K student. He is learning about St. Patrick’s Day and shamrocks. I found this activity on Pinterest and adapted it to make it accessible for the student.
Using braille paper, I traced and cut an outline of a full-page shamrock. The student then brailled out things that he is lucky for. This is a cute activity that the student can take home and share with his family about the things he is “lucky for”.
- Braille paper
- Braille adhesive sheets
- Marker for interlining
- Tactile green paper
- I found and printed an outline of a 4-leaf shamrock. I used this to trace the outline on a piece of braille paper and cut it out.
- With piece of green tactile paper, I cut out each individual leaf of the shamrock.
- On the stem of the shamrock I wrote “I’m Lucky for”. I then brailled on an adhesive sheet “I’m Lucky for”, cut it out, and placed on top of the printed text.
- Reviewed previously taught concepts about St. Patrick’s Day, such as who celebrates it, how it is celebrated, and why? Color green, shamrocks, and Irish culture.
- Talked about what he is lucky for and came up with list of 4 ideas
- Student brailled each of the things he is lucky for
- Student asks instructor to interline his braille so others can read what he wrote
- Cut out each of his brailled words
- Glue each of the ideas onto the shamrock outline
- Once dried, glue the tip of each shamrock leaf to cover the words the student brailled
- Have the student read each of the ideas he is lucky for and have him practice explaining what he wrote so he can share it with his class and/or family.
- These steps could be done more independently by an older student (such as the cutting and gluing)
- Braille does not have to be incorporated into this activity for students that have low vision
- For students who are lower functioning, tactile representations or objects can be used to show their favorite things they are lucky for.