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St. Patrick’s Day Activity

This braille activity is a good way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with children who are blind or visually impaired.

After meeting with the classroom teacher, I adapted some of the activities for Monday in a shamrock book format. The book is 5 pages. The cover is a glitter scrapbook page cut to the shape. Page 1 has 3 words relating to the day on it. Page 2 has pictures that relate to the day on it and the student will place braille labels on or near the picture it matches. Page 4 and 5 are drawing and collage pages. The collage page will be the student placing St. Patrick’s Day stickers on the page…filling it.

Materials

  • green card stock/scrapbook paper
  • brailler
  • braille labels
  • St. Patrick’s Day images
  • St. Patrick’s Day stickers
  • system to bind
Shamrock book with print and braille vocabulary: March, shamrock, green
Shamrock book with print and braille vocabulary: March, shamrock, green

Procedure

  1. Add green glitter to a scrapbook page cut into the shape of a shamrock.
  2. Make a list of words related to the day in braille (e.g. shamrock, green, March).  Have the student do the braille or provide support, as necessary.
  3. Support the student to add braille labels to the pictures that relate to the day.
  4. Create a collage using stickers or tactile materials, depending on the needs of the student.
  5. Bind the book with a comb binding.
Shamrock book with St. Patrick's Day stickers
Shamrock book with St. Patrick’s Day stickers

Variations

  • Students with low vision can do this in print.
  • Ask the students to match braille labels to the braille in the book.
Collage of Shamrock braille activity


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