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« on: December 03, 2007 06:30:00 AM »

i support a client who is deafblind and i've been racking my brain for different activities we can do (at home and in the community) that would stimulate the 3 senses he does have. 

do you have any ideas?

i want to do all sorts of different crafts, cooking experiments, and community activities. 

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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2007 02:56:37 PM »

How about hand-dipped chocolates? That would engage taste, smell, and feel, and I'm sure your client would be very proud to share the results of his work and get positive feedback. (Who doesn't love chocolate?)

I melt chocolate in the microwave by mixing a tablespoon of cooking oil with a bag of chocolate chips and stirring every 30 seconds until it's all melted. You could dip anything you like -- from something very complicated, like fondant (I think there are some no-cook -- read: not dangerous and nerve-wracking -- fondant recipes out there involving cream cheese or canned frosting or various other ingredients) to something very simple, like nuts, dried fruit, pretzels, or gummi bears.

I've also got a very simple but terrific truffle recipe that's very tactile in nature; you can find it on my blog here: http://redforkhippie.wordpress.com/2007/12/02/chocolate-recipes/

Ganja(less) goo balls would also be a nice option. Recipe is here: http://redforkhippie.wordpress.com/2006/10/30/domestic-skills/.

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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2008 08:33:26 PM »

anything like sculpting could be good:  polymer clay?

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« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2008 07:18:47 PM »

Both of these are great ideas! I'm not sure how old your client is, but with my preschoolers we mixed art sand with cinnamon and other spices. You can get sand art kits that have the different parts of the picture covered in stickers, so you just peel and sprinkle the sand. This uses both the sense of smell and texture.

I just did this project with my mom the other day- we bought a kit from Michaels (JoAnns carries it too) and it makes bath fizzies and bath salts, it's mostly just adding the oil to the salts and moistening the two fizzy powders and packing the mix into the molds. Though feminine, this would be great to do when it is mom's birthday or mother's day, which is coming up. They smell absolutely lovely.

When I volunteered at the Maryland School for the Blind, we once did flower pressing with rubber mallets. We took fresh flower and arranged them on cards, covered them with dollar store towels, and let the kids pound them onto the paper to adhere them. I think we used elmers glue to hold them in place, but I'm not sure. This is tactile and scent related.

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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2008 01:35:15 PM »

It seems to me that a number of fiber arts would be good because they're so directly tactile--spinning and felting in particular.

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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2008 01:40:25 PM »

What about making collage or mosaic using a variety of textures? You could gather various materials like textured fabrics, papers, carpet samples, astrofturf, plaster, sandpaper, etc and create "pictures" that can be felt.

Melt & pour soaps could be a way to use the sense of smell, or maybe reed diffusers or pomander bags? I have seen recipes for "scent rocks" that are like potpourri somewhere on here. I'll have a look, I forget how they were made! It may have been a post from brokendove.

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« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2008 08:23:30 AM »

finger crochet

mixing essential oils to create custom perfumes

baking yeast bread (kneading) or making cut-out cookies or biscuits

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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2008 07:54:41 PM »

Baking is great at stimulating touch, taste, and smell--and it's hard to beat that feeling of satisfaction when you bite into some freshly-baked bread (or cupcakes, as the case may be!!) The mixing/kneading, the smelling in anticipation, and the eating would all be nice tactile experiences.

Finger knitting can be a lot of fun as well, as can fimo ("sculpey") clay.

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