Making your own tactile book is a great rainy-day activity.
Tactile books help children relate to the world by touch. While they are often used by visually impaired children, tactile books can help all children learn about texture. Your older toddler or preschooler can help make tactile books for themselves or for visually impaired children. Explore the world of touch with your child and create a keepsake that you two will treasure.
1Determine your desired page size and number of pages. Measure and cut out several pages of card stock. Make several extra pages in case you make a mistake.
2Punch at least two holes in one side of each card stock page, keeping the holes level with each other. Cut out the textured embellishments into your desired shapes.
3Cut lengths of ribbon, yarn or twine to form laces to tie the pages together.
4Select the textured embellishments that you want to add to a page, and adhere with glue or tape.
5Add text. Write single words or short phrases describing the embellishment in large print in a color that contrasts the card stock page color. If you are composing the book for a severely visually impaired child, you may skip this step.
6Stack the pages in the order that you want them to appear in the book. Thread the laces through the holes and tie. Use the yarn needle to help thread the laces through the holes.
- If you have access to a Braille embosser, consider adding text in Braille.You can tie the laces like a shoelace, threading one length through all the holes, or use one lace per hole.Consider contrasting textures for multiple laces. A velvet ribbon, a length of twine, and a strip of satin binding a book can prompt a discussion on texture before your tyke opens the book.Go beyond the craft store for embellishments. Fallen leaves or maple seeds can bring the fall season to life for a visually impaired child.
Things You'll Need
- Card stock
- Hole punch
- Markers or crayons
- Textured embellishments (fabric, paper, sandpaper, etc.)
- Glue or tape
- Ribbon, yarn or twine
- Yarn needle