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Visit to a birds of prey centre with a child who is blind

  Following on from my previous post which looked at a multi-sensory approach to developing the concept of a bird with a child who is blind and who has additional complex learning needs ‘Explaining the concept of a bird to a child that is blind – All things bird’ I finished off the bird experience with Scarlett with an Easter Holiday day out to Vale Royal Falconry to further explore birds. Prior to going to the centre I made sure I contacted ahead and explained to them what Scarlett’s needs were including her level of vision and her additional needs. … Read more

Explaining the concept of a bird to a child who is blind- ‘All things bird’

With spring finally here and new baby animals being born every day, I thought this would be a good time to work with Scarlett and an animal to help her further understand what a bird is. Last year we visited Nuzzlets therapy farm and that allowed Scarlett to explore a whole plethora of animals, so this spring time I wanted to re-visit the concept animals and go into greater detail with Scarlett about the concept of a bird. So to do this we did a number of activities which centred around birds: Bird sounds Bird songs Bird stories Bird based sensory … Read more

Making a Spring Tree

We have invited spring into our home with an Easter tree! We cut a branch of the prettiest smelling blossom we could find (with permission!), and then made our own base using plastic cups, stones from the garden and tin foil. You can let your imagination run will with your decorations, we brought some good value chicks and eggs from a local craft shop and made good use of our glue gun. The kids made the plans for the decoration but of course a grown-up will need to use the hot glue gun. We plan to add to it with pressed … Read more

Creating textured eggs with a child who is blind

With Easter time looming this gives plenty of opportunity to create some multi sensory themed textured eggs.  There are masses of ideas on the internet to creat not only textured eggs but noisy ones too, here is mine and Scarlett’s textured eggs project:     What you need: Plastic or fake foam eggs (much easier to work with than real) Gems Stickers Pipe cleaners Fury material Feathers Rice Pasta Bird Food How to create: For the purposes of our textured eggs project I decided I wanted to incorporate an additional learning element, so when I decorated the eggs I made … Read more

Scarlett’s Sunflower Race 2017

We had so much fun with our sunflower race last year and are excited to be launching it once again. We will be measuring our sunflowers slightly differently this year by comparing their height with a set series of household items. All will be revealed when you receive your entry packs! We will be asking you to share your photos once your flower reaches each of the marker heights. The sunflower to reach the final marker first will be victorious! There will be a prize for the winner and also some runners up treats for the families who share the most photos. … Read more

Spring Activity – Easy Fish Wind Chime

Wind chimes are a great sensory addition to a garden or outdoor space – we wanted to make one with as little cutting, hole-drilling and sticking as possible… here is how we got on! 1. We collected up lids from shower gel, bubble bath and shampoo bottles – anything with a ready-made hole in it! We even kept the hook from a shower gel bottle to use as our wind chime hanger.    2. I asked my daughter to sort the lids into size order. Lined up they start to take shape as the fish’s body. We chose one with a … Read more

Tactile sensory game to support a blind child’s visit to the farm

In my previous blog I wrote about how Scarlett and I had a private sensory tour of Nuzzlets, a small charity based in based near Great Ouseburn, York.   Nuzzlets objectives are to provide loving homes for unwanted animals, free access to young people for therapy and education and they specialise in visits for children with disabilities, special needs and life threatening illnesses.  If you would like to read more about our first visit please click here! I wanted to maximise this learning experience for Scarlett by creating a craft project at home which can keep her time at the farm alive in her … Read more

Helping a blind child to understand the senses at the farm

Farm animals are a perennial favourite with young children, and feature prominently in games, learning activities and early literature.  The great thing about these types of animals is that it offers children a chance to get ‘hands-on’, which can help a child who is visually impaired gain a greater understanding of how fun farm animals can be.  With lots of sensory stimulation farm’s can be an exciting place to learn. Following the success of my Christmas visit to get up close and personal with a reindeer in the post ‘When Scarlett Met Rudolph’ I wanted to try and recreate something … Read more

How to make a sensory garden box for a child who is visually impaired

With Spring in full swing and the sun beginning to peep from behind the clouds Easter is a perfect time to get out into the garden and start planting.  There are many benefits to gardening for a child who is visually impaired.  It can be a great way of introducing new sensory experiences and a very holistic way of learning about nature. Gardens are a sensory delight but much of the emphasis can be placed on the visual aspects, so I wanted to help create a small garden box for Scarlett to explore which she could appreciate using her other … Read more

Top Ten Easter Craft and Activity Ideas

Here are some of the best and most innovative ideas from across the internet to make Easter craft ideas accessible and fun for children who have a visual impairment.  This fun yet very simple idea shared by the Paths to Literacy Website brings the idea of colourful and tactile eggs to life! It is a great way to incorporate these concepts that children come across in everyday environments.  Perfect for younger children, this can be a quick and fun activity for you to do with your child at home or a suggestion for a school Easter project.  A great idea for … Read more