I use this "travel tin" as a fun activity to bring along for lengthy medical appointments, long car rides or dinner at a "sit-down" restaurant for my son Liam. It’s small enough that I can put it in my purse to bring along. Liam enjoys that all the pieces are magnetic so they "stick" to the cover and stay in place.
- Tin box or container with a lid that fits snugly
- Magnetic letters and shapes (These can be ready-made or you can glue small magnets to the back of letter tiles ot shapes.)
- Braille labels on letters and shapes
Activities that could be included in the "travel tin":
*Tiles with a magnet glued on the back with a braille letter or word on each tile.
How the tiles can be used:
- Liam is a beginning braille reader. Our tiles spell out our son’s name in braille (one letter per tile). I help Liam "build" his name.
- Depending on your child’s level, you could have tiles that have words on them so that they could build fun sentences.
- You could also ask them to find certain words or letters.
*Shapes (made of different materials: wood, foam, etc..) with magnets glued on the backs of them…
Possible uses for shapes:
- I ask Liam questions like: Can you find the star? What’s this shape? Same or different?
- Create patterns or designs
Back of the tin:
I put the braille alphabet on the back of the tin and also Liam’s name. He always likes to turn it over and touch the braille.