When I first made some altered Altoid tins inspired by our favorite books, I asked what else I could make with the containers. I was really hoping to use them in an educational capacity. Because what is better than having a pocket sized punch of learning for little hands. What's the main idea? Great. Got it? Good.
I've made two others (okay, one and three quarters) that have a learning component. I made a space tin that focuses on the planets of our solar system. I learned the planets and their order from the sun outward with the mnemonic device: My very educated mother just served us nine pizzas. But with the demotion of Pluto, I guess I'll have to teach my kids: My very educated mother just served us nachos! :)
The one that still needs a bit of work is a tin focusing on disabilities awareness. The top is covered in braille and reads, "Special is wonderful." I created my braille message with seed beads left over from some Girl Scouting days of friendship bracelets.
Inside are alphabet sign language cards. I plan on also adding a small mirror from a used compact with a note on lip reading.
While color blindness is not as severe of a disability, I wanted to feature it. My neighbor across the street was color blind, and when we'd do homework together, I'd notice how some things were a bit challenging for him to complete (color patterns and colored maps could be difficult to discern). So the back of the tin features a mock perler bead color blindness test.
It's not quite done, but it's getting there. Even when I've added things like the mirror though, I think this is one of those tins that just isn't all inclusive. It's a discussion starter. It's a place to begin. The tin could be the starting point for working along with this unit on disability awareness and teach children about other children and adults with special abilities and needs.