Environmental Features Matching Game, April 27, 2020

Tips, Tricks, Modifications and Strategies

Phase II: Environmental Features Matching Game

April 27, 2020

Creating materials for students with CVI is always fun for me and I often wish I had more time to be creative.  During these days of self-quarantine, I finally have some time to create all of the materials and books that have been on my, “To Do” list.  I will be posting photos of materials, along with tips, tricks, modifications and strategies regarding materials created in the hope that you too will try your hand at making some unique, child-specific materials for your student or child.  When appropriate, I will offer templates and other materials for you to use, to complete the project as well.

For this post, I will be sharing my interpretation of an idea from the blog titled, “While You Are Home: Activities for Children With CVI” by Dr. Christine Roman.  In the blog, Dr. Roman suggests creating a matching game using small photo images of environmental features.  You are encouraged to read Dr. Roman’s blog first, so you will better understand how this activity might be used.  You can access this blog at Dr. Roman’s website cviresources and at Paths to Literacy;



What you will need to create this activity:

  • Several exact, realistic color photographs of familiar features at the student’s home (a hard copy)
  • Office Depot Shipping Labels (8 ½ X 11 inches), or other premium full sheet shipping label https://amzn.to/2VpNVIf *affiliate income
  • Avery Printable Magnetic sheets (8 ½ X 11 inches) https://amzn.to/3eFJGA5 *affiliate income
  • All-In-One Board or other small magnetic dry erase white board https://amzn.to/3bnc4F3 *affiliate income


To create this activity, you will need to begin by taking crisp, clear photographs of  familiar environmental features in your student’s home, such as the faucet that is part of the sink area in the student’s familiar kitchen, or part of a large vase in the student’s familiar entryway.  Next, print a hard copy of those photographs of familiar environmental features.  I print the images out on a full sheet of label paper, then affix that to magnetic paper so that I can present the photo, or photo part, on a magnetic slant board.   Show one of the prompt photos to your student and ask where the whole object or feature is in their home.

Pictured below, the entryway of a home and several small photo images showing parts of that entryway display.  The terra cotta vase photo on the right shows only part of the whole.

Pictured below, a kitchen/dining area of a home and several small photo images showing parts of that kitchen area.  The faucet photo shows only part of the whole sink area.

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