Foam Sticker Math Activity for Blind Students

  • purple paper with hand feeling halloween stickers

Last year I purchased a huge container of Halloween foam stickers for Madilyn. We still had over half left this year after sharing with her classmates, using them as rewards and other little tokens of fun. I was determined not to pack them away for another year so I thought of a few more ideas for Madilyn to play with them including this foam sticker math activity!

Usually, I like to use the foam stickers to adapt picture math worksheets because they’re so easy and quick. Plus, they come in lots of different shapes, as well as smooth and glitter textures.
This week I decided to have Madilyn make her own tactile number flashcards with the leftover Halloween foam stickers. She has mastered reading (and writing) the UEB and Nemeth braille numbers. However, she continues to struggle with spatial awareness not relating to her own body.

Performing the Activity

purple paper in brailler

 

For the activity, I cut standard 8.5×11″ cardstock in half. I used the darker colored paper since ink doesn’t show on them well for other worksheets. Then I used the Perkins Brailler to write a UEB number on each card for 0-5.
 Halloween stickers in divided plate

 

I sorted the different shaped Halloween stickers on a Halloween divided plate I picked up from the Target Dollar Aisle.

 

Reading Braille Numbers

Next, I set up the stack of brailled number cards on the left of her workspace. I found the shelf gripper mat works well to keep her paper in place.
 girl at table with craft activity

 

Madilyn worked to find the top card on her left and move it to the center of her workspace, being careful to position it right side up. She found that she could read the number symbol correctly when it is in the top left corner.

 

Fine Motor Skills

Then after she read the number, she placed that number of stickers on the card. Her instructions were to remove the backing from the sticker herself since she is working on fine motor skills. It was taking way too long a few times so I helped her get it started.

 

I reminded her to be sure that the stickers weren’t touching or on top of each other. I also showed her how one sticker she placed was stuck to the mat when she stuck it on the edge of the paper. (Sometimes I forget to let her make mistakes when I’m so intently watching her every move.)
 girl sitting at table with Halloween activity

 

After she successfully placed the correct number of stickers on the card, I had her read the number again then count the stickers.

 

Organized Search Methods

I didn’t give her specific instructions on how to count them (the spatial awareness and organized searching skills) the first few times. If she counted the same sticker twice, I’d tell her, “Oops, you already counted that one!” After a couple more times she realized what she was doing wasn’t working too well. So, I showed her how to start in the top left corner, then scan her right hand over with her fingers touching the card the entire time. Once she got to the right edge of the card, she went down and then over to the left.
 purple paper with hand feeling halloween stickers

 

I continued to let her try to count randomly instead of in the organized left to right, down and back again method. When she miscounted, I’d encourage her to count by scanning how I showed her, helping only when she requested.
She continued this for all of the cards. They were in a random order so wouldn’t be able to predict the number.
 tactile stickers on braille number cards

 

Making a Braille Counting Book

Afterwards, I helped her put them in numerical order. Then we punched a hole in the top left corner of each card to insert a metal ring. Now she can review the searching skills anytime!

 

using hole puncher to make a book

 

You could easily adjust this activity to focus on any one of the skills for students at different levels. Kids can all do the same activity at the same time TOGETHER while working on their unique goals. What do you think about this activity? Share your ideas with us in the comments!

purple pages with stickers

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