I started by creating “travel cards” for various things that my student encountered while on an Orientation and Mobility lesson outdoors. As he found an item (such as the bark on a tree, gravel, etc.) we named it and found the matching card. Once he was able to identify each of the items, we made “Let’s Go For A Walk”, which uses the same object identifiers in a book format.
- hot glue
- items from the environment (tree bark, small stones, leaves, pieces of fence, etc.)
- binding for book
CAUTION: If gluing the chicken wire down, first flatten it so it doesn’t curve during the gluing process. Use scissors to hold it down and to avoid burning the fingers.
- Explore the environment while walking outside.
- Name items that are encountered (tree bark, leaves on bush, grass, rocks, fence, etc.)
- Collect samples of these items with the students.
- Glue the samples onto “travel cards”.
- Create a book using the same objects or partial objects.
*** Be aware of glare with any lamination or plastic covers!
- Add braille and/or large print to the pages.