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two cartoon bugs, one named Obb and one named Bob

Obb and Bob Braille Practice with Nonsense Words

This fun interactive game gives beginning braille readers practice recognizing nonsense and real words, which promotes decoding skills and reading comprehension.
a felt mouse and an empty cookie package on the cover of a book

"If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" Adaptation

Tactile adaptation of "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" for braille readers.
Liam and heart book

Valentine's Day Fun for Children who are Blind and Their Siblings!

Here are some Valentine's Day activities to do with children who are blind or visually impaired and their siblings!
Picture of word cube with braille labels and braille word cards

Ready for Phonics - Making Words

Hands-on phonics activity for beginning braille readers and those who have additional disabilities
Pages in a pegboard book

Pegboard Books for Our Earliest Readers

Pegboard books provide a way for young children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities, to explore books and tactile materials.
a flip book next to a Superman action figure

Tactile Superhero Book

Make your own braille tactile book about superheroes for children who are blind, deafblind or low vision.
Symbol for laundry detergent

Grocery Shopping Book

Using tactile symbols to support grocery shopping with children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities
Modified Candy Land pieces

Adapting Candy Land for Players Who Are Blind or Deafblind

Adapt Candyland for players who are blind, low vision or deafblind! Just add braille and tactile symbols for an accessible and inclusive game.
Image of Front of Book with text "Snow, Snow, What Do You See?", a printed snowflake and two foam cut-out snowflakes. Printed text "By: ____" at bottom of front cover.  Picture of assembled and decorated snowman, complete with hat, scarf, boots and white cane.

Winter Tactile Experience Book: Snow, Snow, What Do You See?

This hands-on activity gives beginning braille readers a chance to create a tactile book about winter.
Tactile tracking pages

Tracking Activities for Pre-Braille Learners

Tactile materials can be attached to cardstock to give pre-braille students practice with tracking and other tactile skills
Christmas stocking with labels

Festive Christmas Stocking Game

This Christmas game encourages braille reading, matching and tactile discrimination.
Make your own braille Christmas decorations

A Braille Christmas Tree and Snowman Picture

Make your own braille Christmas decorations with tactile ornaments!
Calvin can use a cane.

Tactile Experience Book: Calvin Can...

Creating tactile experience books for beginning braille readers can help to promote inclusion and braille literacy!
a cardboard book with toy bowling pins and a bowling ball on the cover

Bowling Experience Book

Learn how to create a tactile experience book for children who are blind, deafblind, or who have multiple disabilities.
a tree with orange leaves blowing in the wind

The Leaf Man Sensory Story

Ideas for sensory stories for Fall (Autumn) for students with significant multiple disabilities
Page with mylar apple

Adapting Literacy Materials for Students with CVI and Multiple Disabilities

Tips on how to adapt a book for children with CVI (cortical visual impairment), using CVI characteristics from the CVI Range
Geometric shapes lined up

CVI in Practice: Teaching Visual-Spatial Skills Using Attribute Blocks

Hands-on activity is designed to help students with CVI to develop an understanding of spatial relations to assist with writing skills.
Child exploring fall hula hoop

Fall or Halloween Seasonal Active Learning Mobile

This Active Learning mobile is a great seasonal activity for fall or Halloween for students with visual impairments and multiple disabilities.
Polar bear page adapted with braille and tactile card

Adapting Polar Bear Book for Children with Visual Impairments

Tips to adapt books for children with visual impairments
An index card box to hold word cards

Memorization Fun: A Sentence-Building Activity

Activity to promote braille literacy through memorizing vocabulary and building sentences

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