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Friday, May 27, 2011

Picture Maker: Wheatley Tactile Diagramming Kit and Accessories

Picture Maker: Wheatley Tactile Diagramming Kit
Fun, colorful tactile board can be used for numerous educational activities! Includes a felt covered board measuring 21 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches, and a wide variety of VELCRO® brand-backed pieces that attach to the board in an infinite number of patterns.

Features
  • Over 100 pieces in many shapes, sizes, textures, and colors.
  • Extra "hook" VELCRO® brand material provided for helping create additional tactile pieces.
Example activities
  • Mapping: streets, bus routes, classrooms
  • Charting: flow charts of organizations, processes
  • Basic concepts: shapes, numbers, spatial relationships, etc.
  • Art activities
Guidebook includes suggestions for use and example layouts in print and raised-line graphic form. The guidebook is a large print/braille publication.

Picture Maker: Wheatley Tactile Diagramming Kit:
Catalog Number: 1-08838-00

Guidebook only (large print/braille):
Catalog Number: 6-08838-00
Click this link to purchase Picture Maker: Wheatley Tactile Diagramming Kit.

Picture Maker Video

Picture Maker Video Product creator Patty Wheatley offers many tips and tricks for using the Picture Maker in all areas from classroom to everyday life. Features demonstrations of children and adults using the Picture Maker. VHS cassette runs approximately 14 minutes. Closed captioned.

Picture Maker Video:
Catalog Number: 1-30008-00 Click this link to purchase the Picture Maker Video.

Storage Panel for Picture Maker: Wheatley Tactile Diagramming Kit

Photo of the storage panel The Picture Maker Storage Panel allows you to store unused Picture Maker pieces so that the entire main Picture Maker board can be used for diagramming purposes.
The 8 1/2" x 11" panel is double-sided with soft black Veltex® brand material and has a durable 3-hole punched edge with customer-applied VELCRO® brand hook tabs. Can be stored securely tucked inside folded board or inserted into 3-ring binder.

Storage Panel for Picture Maker:
Catalog Number: 1-08838-03
Click this link to purchase the Picture Maker Storage Panel.

Textured Strips

This accessory provides additional textured diagramming strips for use with Picture Maker. These strips are different in texture, number, color, and size from the VELCRO® brand-backed pieces included in the original kit. The new strips can represent roads, railroad tracks, curved paths, sidewalks, and other map features.
As in the original kit, these Picture Maker accessories can also be used for a variety of purposes such as conveying concepts related to math, science, flowcharts, creating art, tactile discrimination, and more.

Textured Strips for Picture Maker:
Catalog Number: 1-08838-02
Click this link to purchase the Picture Maker Textured Strips.

Picture Maker: Geometric Textured Shapes

Photo showing first half of the available shapes Photo showing the second half of the available shapes
These geometric shapes are different in texture, number, color, and size from the shapes included with the original Picture Maker kit. Use these shapes in combination with the diagramming strips and shapes included in the original kit.
Example Activities:
  • Creating simple map displays
  • Demonstrating spatial concepts
  • Conveying concepts related to math and science
  • Practicing shape, texture, and size discrimination
  • Constructing flowcharts
  • Making art creations
Note: Some parts you receive may vary slightly from those depicted in photo. Felt board NOT included with Textured Shapes.
Click this link to purchase the Geometric Textured Shapes for Picture Maker.
Note: Do not allow children ages 3 and under to use Picture Maker without adult supervision. This product contains small parts, which could cause choking.

Picture Maker Video

Now on DVD!
Product creator Patty Wheatley offers many tips and tricks for using the Picture Maker in all areas from classroom to everyday life. Approximately 14 minutes. Closed captioned. The content of this video has not changed, but it is now available on DVD.
Click this link to purchase the Picture Maker Video.




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