Create instant tactile graphics that are useful for a wide variety of art, O&M, diagramming, and educational activities!
Simply draw on paper surface with a water-based marker and the lines will swell instantly and become tactile. Includes 10 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 inch Quick-Draw™ Paper, instructions in large print, and two water-based markers.
Some suggested activities: produce simple maps, allow children and adults to draw, practice handwriting, make graphs, and teach beginning tactual skills.
- Age Range:
- 4 and Up
Quick Draw Paper: Quickest Draw in the West
Article excerpt from the field, by Kristie Smith, M.Ed, CTVI
Originally published in the Fred's Head from APH Blog .
“A Drawing is simply a line going for a walk.” -- Paul Klee
When I meet with my visually impaired student's classroom teachers, their first point of interest is to make sure that my student understands new concepts. It should be easy to imagine the excitement APH’s Quick-Draw Paper generates in both educators and students. By simply drawing on the surface of a sheet with a water-based marker, the lines swell instantly and become tactile. Diagrams and processes can be now be illustrated by a teacher and interpreted by the student in short order.
Quick-Draw Paper creates instant tactile graphics for art, math, orientation and mobility, as well as many other subjects. Expect to purchase more than just one package of Quick-Draw Paper as the ten sheets it comes with will go quickly! Quick-Draw Paper has become a hit with me as well, since I am no longer wearing the scars of the tactual paint that always ended up on my clothes or skin.
Below are a few ideas intended for children aged three to ten years old. These suggestions apply to different subjects and will demonstrate that Quick-Draw Paper is the quickest draw in the west.
When teaching shapes, draw a circle, triangle, and square (Hap Palmer has a great CD that teaches children their shapes). After children identify each shape, they should try to match a real object with the tactual picture. This will help them discern the differences between two and three-dimensional objects.
I like for my students who are visually impaired to learn their colors because they live in a sighted world where colors guide the general population. Simply illustrate red objects on the Quick Draw Paper and add a pinch of cinnamon. Children will understand the two-dimensional graphic and smell the cinnamon thus relating the color of red to the smell of cinnamon. Gradually the child will begin to gain an understanding of colors through his or her other senses.
Teaching sizes: The variation between large, medium and small is not always an easy concept for children with visual impairments to grasp. Quick Draw Paper can make this endeavor a fun activity. Assist the child in tracing around his or her hand as well as those of fellow classmates. The children can then compare the sizes of each other's hands.
Illustrate math problems with this incredible product. For example, if you are teaching addition, you could draw five ducks wading in one pond and another three ducks wading in a different pond. Now the student can feel the first five ducks and add them to the other three ducks with very little hassle.
Drawing maps on Quick Draw Paper can help children understand compass directions. Simply label the parts of the map. You can also teach the following mnemonic phrase: “Never Eat Soggy Waffles.”
After reading a story, illustrate the main characters using basic drawing strokes while giving each character one detail that distinguishes each character as a unique individual.
Students tend to enjoy feeling how their name appears in print. The instructor can guide the student's hands to feel each stroke of the individual letters in the child's name.
Be the quickest draw in the west and use one of the best materials from APH, Quick-Draw Paper .
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