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Mother’s Day Crafts

This is a fun Mother's Day activity for students who are blind or visually impaired, which uses braille and textured materials.

For Mother’s Day this year, my second grade braille student wanted to make a picture of flowers in a vase for his mom. Upon further questioning, I learned he wanted “fake flowers” in a “vase of texture”. I brought in a tub of flowers that had been cut off the bunch that they are sold in. He explored the flowers choosing ones that appealed to him.
 
 
child's hands exploring the fake flowers
 
For the vase, I went online and found several different color sheets for vases. Choosing one style, I traced it on the textured side of a gift bag. The gift bag had a unique texture…the slick mixed in with the rough strips. My student liked it too.
 
framed picture of a flower vase showing the texture of the paper vase cut from a gift bag
 
My fourth grade student chose to draw a picture of herself and her mother, and add in texture to make it look “3D-ish”. She had a blast creating the picture, adding cotton balls for clouds, outdoor carpet for grass, sticker flowers, and then a texture from APH’s Carousel of Textures.
 
a drawing of the student and her mother with items such as butterfly stickers and cotton balls to add texture
 
My other fourth grade student also created the flowers in the vase for her mother. She then created a card for her mom, as did the other two students, but this was her first card ever! She has only been learning braille a short time. Making a card was a new concept and one we both found enjoyable. After lots of exploring of stickers and textures, she opted for butterflies. 
 
student's hands exploring the butterfly stickers         a card for mother's day with sunflower stickers, a butterfly sticker, and Mom in braille
 
I added a frame as the pages were heavy and needed support. Once the frame was added…the pictures just popped!
 
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