Tactual Books and Games

Tactual learning can be fun and with a little creativity and some “junk” from the two dollar or craft shop, you can create exciting and educational resources!

Tactual matching

This activity comprises a selection of cards with tactual materials on it. It can be used as a simplified form of dominoes where the student finds the cards with the same texture on it.

Materials: buttons, bubble wrap, felt, foam, sequins, puff paint, faux fur, glass beads

Which one is different?

Tactual discrimination game where the student finds the object which is different.

Materials: buttons, plastic squares, foam shapes, glass beads have been hot glued onto solid card

Touchable Boxes

A do-it-yourself idea using a hard plastic document holder, Velcro and sets of small objects.

This is a great way to teach math concepts, spatial orientation and other concepts to students who are blind or who have low vision. Begin with a largish plastic box with a smooth, flat, snap-lock top. Place two strips of self-adhesive Velcro in parallel lines on the lid, so they resemble lines on a sheet of paper. Turn the lid over and attach three parallel lines. This creates a set of worksheet templates. Other configurations and layouts for special uses can be created using additional boxes.

Collect sets of ten to twelve 1-2 cm objects. Sets can be made up of real objects; seashells, coins, acorns, stones, small toys or craft miniatures. Add a small self-adhesive Velcro dot to each item and store each set in a separate zip-lock bag in the box.

As a teaching tool, place the lid within the student’s reach and attach items from the appropriate set to illustrate a concept. Students can locate, add, or remove items to demonstrate understanding. Placing the Velcro dots on objects so they are not always right side up helps teach form constancy and position in space. Using the same item made of different materials teaches attention to likenesses and differences.

The sets can be used for sorting and classifying, spatial concepts, counting and maths concepts, sequences and patterns, story starters, language enhancement and anything else you can think of!

Splat cat

This magnificent cat is made up of different textured material to encourage tactual exploration. Bells, marbles and squeakers can be incorporated into the filling for added interest.

Cloth books

Discovery Bee is a commercially available cloth book made up of different textured materials in the shape of a bee. The bees wings are filled with cellaphane so it has a nice sound too!
Image of Discovery Bee

Mouse

Mouse is one of the Story Box series of readers. A kit consisting of the print book for sharing with sighted readers, a braille book with tactual pictures, and some props for acting out the story including a toy mouse, toy cheese, a box for the mouse’s house and fiddle cards. The fiddle cards are based on parts of the story and have braille words on them.
Image of items from the kit including toy mouse, plastic cheese etc

The Adventures of Dudley Bear

Dudley Bear came into existence because he was cute and a bargain at the two dollar shop! A simple story has been written about Dudley’s sleepover and the things he has to pack in his backpack – toothbrush, soap, comb, undies, a book, and his teddy! Further adventures to the beach and camping are planned for Dudley! And you can make up your own stories, too!
Image of Dudley Bear, his backpack, toothbrush etc

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