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Old 09-30-2021, 08:29 AM
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I got the idea to make a scented board book for little Jai. He has vision issues and trouble using his hands, but his other senses are fine! Dd does a great job incorporating music into his life, and even though he is fed with a g-tube, he gets tastes of lots of foods. I thought it would be fun to target his sense of smell a little.

I thought I could use photos of his dog, and call the book Amora’s Nose Knows!. Then on the left side of each page I would put a photo of Amora, and on the right side a felt collage of something to smell (like a bowl of oranges, or a bouquet of roses). I can use essential oils to give the felt the appropriate scent.

So, I need a story line...what is Amora looking for with her nose? Or is she just wandering the house enjoying the scents?

I might do a second similar book with his kitty Polly. She’s the one who suddenly went blind. I think the story could just be about Polly exploring the house with her nose.

What would be the best way to attach the felt and photos to the board book so it is durable? Can I decoupage the photos onto the cardboard? Is white glue the best for attaching felt?

I am open to adding some tactile features as well if I can find some different textures for the collages. I might be able to use embroidery on the felt for texture, too. I also thought about adding colored cloth tabs to each page, corresponding to the scents (red for roses, orange for oranges, yellow for lemons, etc).

Help me with all your creative ideas, please!


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Jain’s sensory book
Old 09-30-2021, 08:49 AM
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I am in love with this idea!!!!! Yes to essential oils. (I’m assuming he’s not allergic.). I suggest Tacky Glue or rubber cement. Any liquid adhesives may or may not alter your materials. Generally, not. Do not decoupage photos…it will ruin them. Plus , maybe Jai likes to touch them?

Touching sense: sandpaper can be cut in any imaginable shape, cloth, cotton, straws. Anything Jai touches can probably be reinterpreted.

As to the story, maybe Amora is looking for Jai. In the end is there something that represents a Jai scent or even his photo?

Also, I used to have an egg carton filled with plastic Easter eggs. Each one had a different thing in it for the 5 senses: cotton balls with scents, rice for sound, etc. etc.

Seriously, I think you are a genius and a loving grandmother to put this together for him.
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Old 09-30-2021, 09:29 AM
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Great idea! I had the same thought Keltikmom did: Amora is looking for Jai (his favorite food/smell?).
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Cute Idea!
Old 09-30-2021, 10:49 AM
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I like keltikmom's idea to have the dog searching for Jai.

Essential oils sound perfect!

I would purchase a fabric glue to connect the felt pieces to the book.

You might even make one or two pieces of felt like a flap so that Jai can flap it up or down or to the right to find more surprises under the felt. I would just cut the felt larger than a normal page and then crease and steam iron to create the flap.

I like your color coded tab idea! YES!

I also like your texture ideas as well.

Good luck with your grandma loving project.

I would create two cardboard frames for each photo. One for the front and one for the back. Then cover the photo with a slightly larger clear acetate sheet cut to size for protection. Glue carefully. Hope that makes sense. I guess I would use an exact knife to cut the opening in the cardboard to display the photo.

This Etsy shop sells handmade quite books and may give you some inspiration.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SovushkaLi...g_id=767002404
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Old 09-30-2021, 12:52 PM
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I love this!! And i absolutely love the idea that he's looking for Jai. A photo with the two of them at the end would be great. The are great ideas in this thread!

If you want more mundane, the dog could be looking for his favorite food, blanket, or toy. But I'm sure Jai is two of those things anyway lol


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Old 09-30-2021, 01:48 PM
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I was thinking tacky glue as well.
Are there favorite spots that Jai and Amora like that he would be looking for Jai in those places?
I love this idea!
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Old 09-30-2021, 02:24 PM
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What a great idea!
I wonder if you could find or order the old scratch & sniff stickers and use those too?
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Old 09-30-2021, 02:54 PM
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What a wonderful idea. Would a fabric book work or is that too hard for him to manipulate? You can have photos printed on fabric and sew it all together.
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Old 09-30-2021, 04:16 PM
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Love all the ideas you have gotten. It will be a fun project for you to make and Jai will love!
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Old 10-01-2021, 12:15 AM
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That is an awesome idea for a Jai! Keep it simple and your colors high contrast. If the dog is going to be beige or yellow, keep your background dark blue or black. I’m not sure how much vision he has, but typically you want to keep details very simple so that the child is not overwhelmed.One of the biggest problems in making these kinds of books is the issue of glare on shiny pages. Avoid lamination or shiny decoupage. Make sure anything is has a matte finish. The latest suggestion I’ve received is to print the pictures on sticker paper with a matte finish then cut them out and attach them to black vinyl pages. Here’s a link to the ones I ordered. Binditek 100 Pack 12 Mil. Binditek 100 Pack 12 Mil... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X54MHP3?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_s hare

This is something you’re interested in, check out the website Paths to Literacy. Search for” adapt book” for some ideas.


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Old 10-01-2021, 02:51 AM
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Thank all of you for the great ideas!

I will have Amora the dog looking for Jai and getting distracted by the smells as he looks.

Polly the cat recently went blind, quite suddenly. She often looks for her kitty friend Maui. She calls for him at the bottom of the stairway and he escorts her upstairs to a settee where they like to snuggle together. So I can have her navigate from the flower garden outside to the kitchen counter to the stairway, using smell, sound, and touch to find her way.

SDT, thank you for all the specific suggestions! Jai does better with high contrast, but he can sit still and look at a board book with a simple story line long enough to finish the story, and he helps turn the pages. I know he does best with uncluttered pages...no Richard Scarry or Where's Waldo? or Highlights searches for him. I will get the black matte vinyl pages to try. If he can manage to turn those pages, it would be excellent! Amora is a brown and white pit bull. The brown is dark enough that I think it will contrast on a white page...but Polly is a Siamese kitty, so I will use a dark background for her. Although he is diagnosed with CVI (cortical visual impairment), he is pretty good at tracking, and he likes to watch TV. It just takes a minute to get his visual attention in order to make eye contact. Not sure how well he really sees details, but he will look at photos of people he knows (or of himself) on my phone with interest. He enjoys playing Little Bear Sees on my iPad, but is restricted by the spasticity of his hands and arms, so his hand-eye coordination isn't too good.

Using sticker paper to print the photos is genius! If it goes through my printer well, that will be simple.

1956BD, Jai loves looking under felt flaps! Maybe he can look under a tablecloth for a dropped peppermint candy, or under a shower curtain for a bar of scented soap.

Teach 5, unfortunately he has limited grasp (although this is improving), so fabric pages are much harder for him to manage. The stiff board book pages work better for turning, but he still needs some assistance. As his fine and gross motor skills improve, I would love to make him a fabric busy book, but he just can't manipulate things well enough right now, although he does enjoy watching his adult do that.

Here’s a pic of Jai with his faithful friend Amora:
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Old 10-01-2021, 05:57 AM
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This is a beautiful idea!
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Old 10-01-2021, 06:42 AM
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Here’s a picture of Polly and Maui, kitty friends!
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Old 10-02-2021, 08:10 AM
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What a great idea!
I wonder if you could find or order the old scratch & sniff stickers and use those too?
You can still get these at Lakeshore!

Thank you for sharing the picture of Jai! He looks like such a sweetie.

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Old 10-04-2021, 09:43 PM
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when you complete the book for Jai. I can't wait!
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