Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Story Boxes and Story Boards for Students with Multiple Disabilities

Story Boxes

By Deirdre Walsh, Speech and Language Pathologist, Perkins School for the Blind

What is a Story Box?
Story boxes are a great way to enhance your child's literacy experiences. A story box is a simple collection of objects that go along with the storyline. The objects act like pictures to a blind child. They can make a story become alive and interactive for those students, that don't benefit from pictures. Story boxes are easy to make using objects from your child's toy boxes, or from your own household supplies. First, find a story your child likes. A good place to start is with early literacy books that are rhythmic and predictable (Eric Carle is a great resource). If you are unfamiliar with early literacy books, look at this reading list for ideas. Next find objects that correlate with the story. For example, if you are reading the book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, you could include many of the objects the mouse finds along his travels, such as a glass, a straw, some cookies, a blanket for his nap...  Be creative. There is no right or wrong way to spice up a book! The only rule is to make it fun.
Book "If You Give a Pig a Pancake" and assortment of objects (shoe, hammer, etc.)
In the story box for If you Give a Pig a Pancake, I included a stuffed pig, a camera, pretend food pancakes, shampoo, an envelope, a shoe, some tools and a glue stick.