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Christmas Activities for the Entire Family

An image of the braille apple cinnamon ornaments, in the shapes of stars and gingerbread men.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season always stirs excitement in children, and it’s a great time to focus that energy and excitement by doing some craft projects with them. CVI has found a few activities that are perfect for the entire family to do together. You might even start a tradition or two!

Here’s one that can spruce up your tree, or you can give them away as gifts to family, friends and teachers! See the links below for a few more ideas.

Have fun and Happy Holidays!

Braille Apple Cinnamon Ornaments

Making your own tree ornaments can be a wonderful family tradition! This simple recipe for homemade ornaments is super simple and makes your kitchen smell great. Plus, the use of cloves as braille could be great for differentiating between names of your children, or the people that you’re making them for. These also make for great holiday gifts to any friends and family.

Mix together one cup of applesauce and one cup of cinnamon, until it matches the consistency of cookie dough. Sprinkle some cinnamon or wheat flour on a flat working surface, and lay out the dough for rolling. Once you’ve rolled the dough, use cookie cutters to cut the shapes out of the dough. This is a really great task for your child, with a little bit of supervision. Place all of your ornaments on a cookie sheet, and create the hole at the top of the ornaments with a straw. After that, use a toothpick to create the 6-dot Braille cell on each ornament. This makes the Braille work much easier! To create the Braille letters, stick the cloves in in the corresponding holes for each letter.

From here, stick your ornaments in the oven at 200° for an hour, which will fill your home with the lovely scent of apples, cinnamon and cloves. After your ornaments have cooled, string some twine or ribbon through the hole at the top. If you wanted to go a little further for your kids with low vision, you could cover the cloves with a little glob of white paint on each of the cloves to create a bit of contrast.

Additional Ideas:

Story Box Ideas for Holiday Stories

Christmas Tree Project

Holiday Gift Tags