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Eye words with pictures
Eye math activities
Writing patterns with eyes
Optician/ eye doctor role play
Hang a lot of posters about the eye in a corner. Let the kids make test cards, test glasses and normal glasses (see below for crafts). Ask for material from your optician, such as posters and glasses that cannot be sold. Find images to test color blindness and print them. You can place empty eye dropper bottles, eye patches, mirrors, magnifiers, contacts, contacts containers, glasses and sunglasses in the theme center.
Set up two chairs as a waiting room and put some brochures from opticians on a table. You can also place a big stuffed animal in the center so the kids can put contact lenses in the eyes of the animal. Turn a box into a glasses holder by making two holes next to each other and sliding the frames into it. Also put a box of glasses cases on the counter.
On the paper below, the kids can sign off what they have done in this center.
We also made some eye measuring equipment. Cover a box in black paper. Make holes to pierce two paper towel rolls. Make al kinds of lenses from cardboard. You use transparent of semi-transparent pieces of plastic for this. You can attach grey and black caps as buttons. We have attached the device to a plate so you can change the height.
Walking with a self-made white cane
The kids all make a white cane. They can make a mess on the play area. After this, everyone is blindfolded and try to reach the other side of the play area with the white cane. Who can make it across the fasted? This is a really nice way for the kids to feel how it’s like to be blind.
Rolling a ball blindfolded
The kids are sitting in a circle with their legs wide. They are blindfolded. One or multiple balls are rolled to each other in the circle. There are bells in the balls. You can also start with a ball without a bell, the kids will experience how hard this is and that they need to use other senses.
Making an eye
It’s a nice idea to make an eye at the beginning of the eye theme. Print the eye in different skin colors and let the kids remove the inside. Next, they stick a piece of firm plastic to the back of the paper against the eye. We used pieces of transparent folders for this.
The lower lashes ar drawn with a marker. The pupil is colored black and the iris is colored with ink and then cut out. A big cap is stuck behind the pupil. An oval plate is glued behind the eye, but not before the cap with the iris and lens have been places behind the plastic. The eyelid is cut from a paper plate and is painter pink and brown. For the upper eyelashes a black strip of paper that is cut, is used. These eyelashes are pasted behind the eyelid. The eyelid is glued over the eye and anothe eyebrow is painted above the eye. For this craft you might need three lessons.
Draw your eye in the mirror
Look in the mirror and draw your own eye in the mirror on the paper. Next, the kids can color and decorate their mirrors with stickers and cut out the mirror. ( credits to Jarlina, our intern)
Drawing an eye test
This eye test is an assignment to draw something from large to small. Kids can use this test in the theme center.
Making an eye patch
Every class has some kids that have to wear an eye patch because they have a lazy eye. That’s why this is a fun craft to make. Print the downloaded sheets on firm paper. The kids paint the eyes, the eye patch is decorated and glued to the eye.
Buy a bag of cardboard glasses, you can get them on some web shops. Let the kids decorate the frames with a marker.
When the frames are ready, the kids cut the glasses from colored foil and stick them to the frames. Fold the frame and the kids can wear their own creation. You can place the glasses in the theme center so the kids can use them during their role plays.
Optician/ eye doctor collage
To make this collage, the kids first paint the room. Our kids painted one wall of the room with a textured paint roller. The wall now has a nice pattern. A child and an eye doctor are colored and cut out. You can use the downloads below. A chair is made with a strip of paper and round stickers/shapes. The kids also cut out and color a cupboard. Wheels can be added to the cupboard. The testing card can also be downloaded below. Once everything has been cut out, the collage can be assembled by sticking everything to the drawing. A lamp is attached to the ceiling with a rope.
Make glasses for yourself
Print out a photo of all the kids. Give them a sheet with glasses and hats. You can download them here. The kids cut out the glasses and a hat and stick them to their photo. Use thick paper for this craft.
By having the kids blindfolded while drawing a picture, they experience how hard things can be when someone is blind. “what color is the pencil?” “Where did I already draw?” “Oops, I’m drawing on the table.” It’s also nice to see how kids come up with their own solutions. They can ask for help to pick a colored pencil. They feel with their hands on the paper where they have already colored. Some kids even smell the paper to see where they have already colored.
Writing/pricking your name in braille
The kids love to prick their name in braille. First, they write the letters of their name in the empty squares. Next, they color the correct dots below their name on the top. They search the right letters on the braille card. Finally, they prick the right dots at the bottom with a pin. After this they turn the paper and prick the dots again. Now they can feel the braille on the front side of the page.
Making a white cane
Let the kids make a white cane. Use a long, round stick for this. A handle is cut from black foam. Roll a piece of rope between the foam. Stick some pieces of black tape around the handle. The stick is painted white and finished with two red stripes.
Making a blind man with Hama beads
Contact lens case craft
Stick two pieces of a small paper cup or a toilet roll on an oval paper. A lid is made from a bigger cup or a wider toilet roll. The lid is covered with paper. On top, the kids write an L and an R. They cut the lenses from a transparent folder or sheet.
Fantasy drawing, eye theme
The kids draw a fantasy drawing with crayons. The instruction is: “Draw something with an eye the normally doesn’t have an eye.” Or “Draw an eye with a different shape.”