Asked on May 14, 2020

Tactile card?

BetsyMaura WhiteKathy Gunter Law


Anyone got any ideas how I can MAKE a birthday card for a blind child ?

10 answers
  • Cynthia H
    on May 14, 2020

    I would think textures, shapes and possibly raised letters and/or designs. Do they read braille? There are tutorials online. Good luck and stay safe.

  • Gk
    on May 15, 2020

    You can purchase Braille birthday cards on Etsy if you decide you don't want to attempt making one.

  • Sana Mansoor
    on May 15, 2020

    Make a pop up birthday card. If the kid knows braille then write something thoughtful on your card with braille by making dots in the paper with a pin! I don't really know alot abt this but I hope it helps

  • Cheryl A
    on May 15, 2020

    here are some great ideas for your card

  • Johnavallance82
    on May 15, 2020

    Hello Maz,

    Make it smell nice by adding perfume or add inside a sachet of lavender, Rosemary, or other sweet smelling things, Design the card in relief. Stick shapes on to front that the child would recognise. Best wishes.

  • Maz Smith
    on May 15, 2020

    Oh I love the idea of lavender ... Never would have thought of that 🤗 I did attempt raised braille dots before but wasn't confident on what I had written 😋 thank you all for your truly inspirational ideas.... Guess I'd better get crafting 👍

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    on May 15, 2020

    Paper flowers onto card stock. Also, the foam stickers that are in shapes. Use puffy paint to spell the child's name or look up braille of their name, if the child is old enough to have learned.

  • Betsy
    on May 16, 2020

    Hi Maz: I make tactile quilts for blind babies. I use 7" x 9" squares and make it about 36 x 28" and use different types of materials. You can make a quilt type card by gluing on different types of materials, like fuzzy material, sand paper, an emery board, beads, buttons, etc. How nice of you to want to do this. I also take a denim vest, that fits a child up to about 6 years old, and sew jump rings on the front, those things that you put your keys on:) Then, I get some small clips (like paper clips) and attach small toys to the clips and the clips to the vest. A lot of people don't realize that when a blind child is in a car, they aren't looking out the window. And, sometimes, the only thing they 'see' is when they poke themselves in the eye and get those flashes of light. They will continue to do that out of boredom and can injure themselves, until they get older and stop doing that. With the vest, their hands are busy playing with the toys on their vest and, the toys are easy to take off to change out for different toys and for washing. I get vests as they fit any size child. So, if you want to make other things than a card, here ya go:) Good luck

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