The National Federation of the Blind is committed to ensuring quality education for blind students, and to providing activities and lessons that are fun and educational for blind children and their families. When virtual education is necessary or encouraged, we want blind students to be able to continue learning alongside their sighted peers.
In this section, we will feature an activity from the BEE, our e-newsletter that outlines strategies and hands-on activities for parents and children to perform together in order to foster Braille skills as well as early movement and travel. Check back soon for new activities.
Activity of the Day: Create a Braille Message in a Bottle
- Education Goal: Practice Braille.
- What Is needed: One (or more) plastic juice or other drink bottle(s)—make sure the bottle you choose has a wide mouth so the message can easily be placed into and pulled out of the bottle.
- Decorations for each bottle, which could include stickers of different shapes and textures, cotton balls, construction paper, or even different colors of duct tape.
- Index cards
- One pipe cleaner (for hanging up your creation)
- Clean each bottle and make sure it is thoroughly dry before you begin. Your child can help with this.
- Have your child decorate his or her bottle or a number of bottles to give to other friends or family.
- Have your child Braille a message on an index card to put inside each bottle. If your child is too young to do the Brailling, you or a teacher could Braille the message for your child.
- If you like, poke two holes across from one another on the upper part of the bottle, below the cap. Thread a pipe cleaner through the holes, knotting the ends, so the bottle can be hung.
- The uses for these bottles are endless. Maybe family members could put messages for each other in these bottles. Alternatively, they could write something they appreciate about each family member every day. In whatever way your family decides to use the bottles, we hope you enjoy creating them together and have fun making Braille a part of this project.
Review previous BEE activities for more fun and learning.
Braille Story Time
We want blind children to have the opportunity to see fluid Braille readers in action. Here are some videos of blind people reading stories in Braille. Each story has an activity that you and your child can do to take the learning to the next level.
- "Curious George Goes Camping" Read Aloud (YouTube)
- "Dear Deer" Read Aloud (YouTube)
- Make Way for Ducklings Read Aloud (YouTube)
Here are some resources to help engage your children in activities around the house and teach nonvisual concepts.
Each Thursday at 11:00 a.m. ET we will be offering a lesson for blind children and their families via Zoom. The goal is for these lessons to use things families will already have at home. Check back here for the schedule of lessons.
Thursday, April 9, 11:00 a.m. ET—Apple Smiles
Join us to make apple smiles, a tasty and healthy snack that is a favorite in the NFB BELL® Academy. This lesson is sure to put a smile on your face, and on your plate.
- Peanut butter (or substitute hypoallergenic spread)
- Cutting board
- Spreading knife
- Apple slicer with built-in corer, or knife to cut apples
- Discard bowl
- Plate on which to make the smiles
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