I recently made a touchy feely, talking, braille book for a student.
I decided on a nativity theme- each page had a single recorded word matched with a single braille word and then a tecture to match. The pages included
‘hay’ a ziplock bag of hay gaffa taped in
‘Tinsel’ and ‘Christmas tree’- small pieces of tinsel and piece of pine tree taped in using double sided tape
‘Present’- a bow stuck on
‘Christmas’- a sandwich bag filled with ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon sticks and star anise with a few very small holes in it to let out the scent.
We used one of these a5 recordable albums as it has a button to press on each page. On the rear of each page I recorded a snatch of christmas music
This is the braille label maker we use- it works really well as long as you press hard enough to make a proper indentation.
The student we made the book for isn’t currently using braille but we’ve started to introduce it in the same way that other students are introduced to environmental print and alongside music, the spoken word and the tactile pages our touch feely-braille-talking book has been a big hit!