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Object books were introduced to our team by our vision specialist. Our student is nonverbal, has limited movement and vision. The specialist created a book about bath time to share with our student, it also is a great model for us in learning how to make more object books. She also pointed us in the direction of an excellent resource: Nevada Dual Sensory Impairment Project.
Another goal for our student has been to have him more involved in lessons with other children. We decided to make pudding together.
instant chocolate pudding box
milk carton (school lunch size)
wooden spoon or small whisk
hot glue, tape, something that will make objects stick to pages
1. Cut the poster board into pages. Punch holes to fit into a binder.
2. Type up simple instructions for making the pudding.
3. Take out the pudding mix out of the box, flatten the box and glue to the first page.
4. Trim down the paper bowl and glue the bottom of it to the next page.
5. Cut the milk carton in half (I trimmed the back half) and used double sided tape to stick it to the page.
6. Tape a spoon or whisk to the next page.
7. I found an image of a child enjoying a bowl of pudding and glued it to the last page along with a plastic spoon.
Read the book with the students before making the pudding. Repeat the book one page at a time as they make the pudding.
More about object books
Lots more can be done within an object book. The bath book had small zip lock bags containing items such as a small bar of soap and shampoo which the student can smell.
We are already thinking about our next book! Hope this gives you some ideas.