Braille Bites

Bite-sized recipes for big fun and early development of
tactile exploration skills!

Braille Bites is a series of videos and resource guides for anyone who is supporting blind and partially sighted learners to explore and gather information about their worlds using the sense of touch. Each episode is a short video presented in the style of a cooking show with each activity written as a recipe! Videos and resource materials from our first season are posted below, as well as how you can connect with us on social media via YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok

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Braille Bites Season 2

Photo shows a cutting board in a table, with smoke billowing from behind the table. Text reads: Braille Bites Season 2.

Introducing Season Two!

We're back with another season of Braille Bites! This time we're focusing on developing tactile strategies to get ready to start school. 

Photo shows Jen holding a pair of shoes, one of the shoes has a pipe cleaner in a loop around the lace of the shoe. Text reads: Daily Routines.

Daily Routines

Tactile strategies are so important for getting dressed and organizing clothing! Jen reviews some tips for embedding tactile strategies into daily routines. 

Photo shows a piece of cardboard being held. The cardboard has a number of traffic signs on it, such as a stop sign, pedestrian crossing sign, and a school zone sign. Text reads: O&M Scavenger Hunt.

O&M Scavenger Hunt

Let's learn about the traffic and safety signs in the school community! Get those tactile exploration skills in gear with raised lines and markers. 

Photo shows a bag and a book on the table. Someone is holding a toy mouse and a plastic cup. Text reads: Story Boxes.

Story Boxes

Grab a book and let's build a story box! Together with your learner you can explore the story through tangible story items.

Photo shows a simple puzzle of an owl. The pieces have unique textures affixed to them, with corresponding textures affixed in the correct locations for the puzzle pieces to fit. Text reads: Puzzle Activities.

Puzzle Activities

Puzzles are a big part of early learning! Check out these two easy adaptations to make puzzles more accessible using tactile exploration. 

Photo shows a hand pointed at a milk carton that has an elastic band wrapped around it. Small magnets and a microwave with bump dots are also shown. Text reads: Tactile Markers.

Tactile Markers

Simple household objects such as magnets and elastic bands can be used as tactile markers to help identify a variety of objects around the kitchen!

Photo shows a hand pointing to a piece of cardboard. The cardboard has several different shapes and symbols. Text reads: Tactile Maps.

Tactile Maps

Get to know the layout of important spaces with tactile maps! With some cardboard and textured materials you and your child can map out their bedroom. 

Photo shows a white piece of cardboard being held. It has a strip of blue along the bottom, which have been covered in waves of hot glue to create the appearance of water. Print and Braille labels read: At the beach by Alex. The text 'Experience Books' is superimposed onto the image.

Experience Books

Create a book that tells the story of an important event! Experience books are a great way to meaningfully connect literacy to real-life objects and events. 

Photo shows a person holding a purple button up shirt. The hands and in the process of doing up a button. Text reads: Buttons and Zippers.

Buttons and Zippers

Playing outside is a highlight of going to school! Let's look at some tactile strategies for dressing to help support independence.

Photo shows one hand holding a pair of scissors, which are in the process of cutting a yellow piece of cardstock. The other hand is holding the cardstock. The person is cutting along a raised line that is affixed to the cardstock. Text reads: Scissors and Crafts.

Scissors and Crafts

Scissor skills support crafting and independent living. Join Jen as she looks at strategies for developing these important skills! 

Photo shows a row of four plastic bins. Each bin contains a piece of cardboard with and item and label affixed to it. Text reads: Tactile Schedule.

Tactile Schedule

Object schedules help students meaningfully sequence activities at school and help them to anticipate what is coming up next! 

Photo shows two hooks on a wall, one holding a coat, the other holding a cane. Each of the hooks has a label above it with the name 'Alex' in both print and braille, as well as a foam shape affixed to it. Text reads: Tactile Labels.

Tactile Labels

Coming into the classroom means that we need to take off our coats and park our canes! Tactile labels help make this more independent. 

Photo shows a bowl and a plate on a table. A hand is placed on the table with it's fingers spread and palm pressed against the tabletop. Text reads: Tactile Tabletop.

Tactile Tabletop

How do you find objects safely and gracefully? Check out these strategies from Marilyn for exploring the tabletop! 

Photo shows a pair of hands, each holding an open food container with a puzzle piece inside. A number of other food containers with their lids on are on the table. Text reads: Lids and Containers.

Containers and Lids

Season Two ends with an important early learning routine - opening and closing snack and lunchtime containers!

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