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Five Spring Craft Ideas for Students with Cortical Visual Impairment

April 11, 2021 No Comments

Five Spring Craft Ideas for Students with Cortical Visual Impairment

The text "5 Spring Craft Ideas for Students with CVI" is written at the top. Below is a picture of three CVI-friendly crafts: a rainbow, bee, and an egg.

Crafts are such a beneficial activity in elementary classrooms, especially special education classrooms. There are so many important skills that can be targeted when completing crafts including fine motor skills, color identification, choice-making, shape identification, requesting (scissors, glue, paper, etc), and so much more! Depending on students’ needs, crafts can be adapted to promote success. In this blog post, I share FIVE spring craft ideas for students with cortical visual impairment or other visual impairments.

Before sharing the crafts, I want to share the materials you will need for your students to complete these spring crafts. I tried to use similar materials in the hopes of limiting what you would need to purchase or find for these spring craft ideas.

You will need the following materials:

  • textured paper (metallic paper, glitter foam paper, and felt)
  • string
  • multi-colored beads
  • cotton balls
  • black pom poms
  • black cardstock
  • googly eyes (optional)

 

Spring Craft Idea Number 1: Kite

This image shows a white kite template on black paper. The kite is decorated with pieces of red holographic paper and a yellow felt tail. The text at the top reads "CVI Friendly Kite Craft."

For this craft:

  1. Print out a simple kite template from Google on white paper.
  2. Cut out the template and glue it onto black cardstock. This contrast will allow students to see where they need to place the metallic paper.
  3. Students will then cut the metallic paper into pieces (or they could be pre-cut).
  4. Then, students will glue the metallic pieces onto the kite template.
  5. Last, a piece of string can be glued onto the bottom of the kite shape.

 

Spring Craft Number 2: Egg

Two images are shown. The left image shows a white egg template on white paper, with strips of textured paper on the right. The second image shows the strips of paper on the egg template. The text at the top reads "CVI Friendly Egg Craft."

For this craft:

  1. Print out a simple egg template from Google on white paper.
  2. Cut out the template and place it on black cardstock. Do not glue the egg template onto the paper!
  3. Students will then cut the textured paper into strips, or they can be precut for students.
  4. Students will then glue the strips across the egg template.
  5. Then, students will trim around the egg.

 

Craft Idea Number 3: Rainbow

A rainbow craft is shown. A cloud is made from cotton balls. Next to the cotton balls is a rainbow made from multi-colored beads. The rainbow is on blue felt. The words "CVI Friendly Rainbow Craft" are written at the top.

For this craft:

  1. Print out a simple cloud template from Google on white paper.
  2. Cut out the template and glue it on the light blue felt/cardstock.
  3. Students will then select pieces of precut beads and glue them onto the felt/cardstock to create their rainbow.
  4. Last, students will glue cotton balls onto the cloud template.

 

Spring Craft Number 4: Bee

A bee craft is shown. The craft is made from yellow paper, black pom poms, googly eyes, and black cardstock. The words "CVI Friendly Bee Craft" are written at the top.

For this craft:

  1. Print a large circle on yellow paper, or print a circle on white paper and trace it onto yellow paper.
  2. Cut out the circle, and glue the yellow circle onto black cardstock.
  3. Place strips of black paper across the yellow circle and trim the edges. These black lines will serve as a template for the students.
  4. Students will then glue black pom poms over the black lines.
  5. Next, students will glue the googly eyes near the top. If you don’t have googly eyes, students can use small white circles and color a black circle in the center to make the eyes.
  6. Last, students will use two small strips of black paper to make the antennae.

 

Spring Craft Number 5: Caterpillar

A caterpillar craft is shown. Four white circles are arranged to make a caterpillar. Each circle of the caterpillar is decorate with different textured paper of a specific color. Left to right- the parts of the caterpillar are yellow, blue, purple, and green. The text at the top reads "CVI friendly Caterpillar Craft."

For this craft:

  1. Print out 4 medium-sized circles on white paper.
  2. Students will cut out the circles and glue them onto black cardstock to form the caterpillar.
  3. Next, students can cut pieces of textured paper (or they can be precut for them).
  4. Students will then glue the textured paper onto the parts of the caterpillar.
  5. Then, students will glue on two black pom poms to make the eyes.
  6. Last, students will glue two small pieces of black paper onto the “head” to make the antennae.

**The circles can be printed on yellow paper or 4 different paper colors to act as a template for students to decorate.

 

If you make any of these crafts with your students or your children at home, please tag me on IG @specialachievers. I would love to see how they turn out!

Interested in other CVI-friendly craft ideas? Check out these other posts!

4 Engaging CVI-friendly Spring Activities 

Five Winter Craft Ideas for Students with CVI

 

Melissa

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Hello! Melissa is a coffee-drinking, cat loving, Gilmore Girls obsessed multiple disabilities teacher. When she is not in her classroom, she is running Special Achievers.

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