Saturday, November 26, 2011

Textures!

"Texture" has become the new coolest word at our house. When we shop, Curly runs around feeling things like Christmas ornaments with glitter on them, asking me, "Do you think Abi would like this texture, Mommy?" My thought is that Abi is three, so would probably like to see how far she can throw the ornament across the store.

Still, thinking about texture has its advantages. Yesterday, I decided to tackle the Candyland game, and make it accessible for play by all my kids, including Abi. What crafty-minded person wouldn't love such a project? I rounded up Hubby and the Goombas (aside: wouldn't that make a great name for a band?) and we all went to JoAnn's Fabrics. The shopkeepers watched in amusement as our family ran around the store feeling fabrics, and saying things like "how about this for a nice, smooth blue?" or "Look, this one is scratchy!"

Candyland cards with fabric textures glued on the colored squares

We ended up with green satin, red fleece, yellow cotton, purple velvet, orange burlap and blue corduroy.  Using my rotary cutter and quilting square, it was an easy matter to cut out 1" pieces for the cards and 1/2" pieces for the game board.

Wooden game pieces shaped like little people with different textured "clothes" are velcroed to the Candyland board.

Game pieces took a little more problem-solving, since constantly touching the board results in pieces that get knocked every which way, not to mention standing a game piece on top of a tiny square of fleece would never work.  We finally solved it by sticking pieces of square, transparent Velcro next to the colored squares.  A bit of Velcro on the bottom of the wooden playing pieces, and each texture-wrapped "person" will stand securely next to the playing spot.

Puff paint marks the short cuts.

Next, I worked on the Rainbow Trail, the Gumdrop Pass, and the Lose-a-Turn Licorice spots.  Marking the special squares and shortcut paths with puff paint made them easy to see and feel.

Braille labels show the special squares.

All of the special character squares received a braille label, which matches the braille on the corresponding character card.  I figured that matching the braille words would be a good pre-reading exercise, as well as giving me an excuse to pull out my braille slate and stylus.

Lolly and Jolly cards with clear Braille labels

I had thought that this project would take much longer, but it only took a couple of hours to glue everything in place.  Not only did I have a wonderful time inventing, problem-solving and crafting, but now we have a fully accessible board game to add to the family game night rotation.

7 comments:

  1. You really are amazing! I can't wait to see pictures of your whole family playing it!

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  2. That is absolutely awesome! Such a blessing for a sweet girl to be able to play Candyland with her family...I hope you enjoy hours of fun playing together:)

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  3. You did an amazing job! Wish you worked for me in my VI program! I love it!

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  4. So awesome! Just reading the full story of Abi.

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  5. Very cool! You should market this!

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  6. Great game! I did this for my blind daughter! She loves it, along with our entire family since we can all play it. Check out my blog for other ideas of texture games if you'd like! http://sensorysun.blogspot.com/2011/01/cheap-ways-to-make-games-and-toys.html

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