My sons Liam (8 years old, deafblind, braille reader) and Finn (5 years old, typical vision and hearing) love those cute little advent calendars that include a piece of candy when you open up the little tab as you begin the count-down to Christmas. There are 24 little tabs on the calendar– each day of December you open one up until it is time for Christmas day. We start on December first and count up to Christmas.
Working on Number Recognition
The numbers are not in order on these particular calendars. The kids need to search for the numbers and both boys really enjoy that part! It’s a great way for both of them to work on number recognition.
Making the Advent Calendars Accessible
I easily made the calendar accessible for Liam by adding the numbers in braille onto the tabs using braille label paper.
I also added braille name labels to each of the calendars. Liam noticed Finn’s didn’t have braille numbers, so I think I will be adding some to Finn’s as well! The boys get so excited every morning to open a new tab. It’s a fun thing that they enjoy doing together.
- Candy Advent Calendar (We found ours at Safeway, but I know they sell them on Amazon as well!)
- Braille label paper http://www.americanthermoform.com/product/braille-labeling-materials-bra…