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Non-Fiction Life Cycle Books

Create tactile books for beginning science concepts for children who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind.

I have got non-fiction on the brain this summer! When I saw these two life cycle toys or models at Michaels I had to buy them and turn them into books!  

I made a book about Turtles and a book about Frogs.  I used the Life Cycle “models'” as tactile pictures and glued them onto the page.  I then added words in braille to match the tactile pictures.   Liam, my son who is deafblind, has felt turtles before, but not a frog.  I want to make sure to find him some frogs to touch to go with his new book about frogs!  This was one of my easiest book projects yet;  I was very excited to find these models and at such reasonable prices!   I usually like to use “real-life” objects as often as possible, but these still had some good details to them where it was the next best thing (in my opinion).  I did, however, add sand on one of the turtle pages!

 
 
items for frog book
 
frogs lay eggs in waterbaby frog named tadpole
 
Tadpole without gillstadpole with legs
 
adult frog items for book
 
adult turtleThe turtle lays eggs in the sand
 
baby turtles hatchyoung turtle swims
 

 

 

life cycle books collage

 

 

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