Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Tactile Poster

Under Water tactile poster
One of the things I'm doing for my kindergarten student is creating tactile posters for him to explore during his break in our lessons. He is free to ask questions or create a story about what he is feeling. I plan to bring in toy animals so he can interact with them more.
 
This scene is meant to be similar to one found at his school. Once he is familiar with the poster we can take a nature walk outside and explore the similar area outdoors.
 
This is only the first poster. I am open to suggestions of ideas for future ones. He explored it for the first time today and those busy hands were all over it initially and then exploring the different sections more slowly. He was full of questions as well.
 
tactile poster with leaves and yellow sunflowers and hedges with pink roses and an orange butterfly

Materials: 

The materials will depend upon the specific tactile poster you create.  In this one I used:

  • poster board
  • felt
  • leaves, flowers, butterfly from crafts store
  • glue gun
  • stapler

Procedure: 

  • You can include the student in the design and creation of the tactile poster, or do it yourself.
  • Invite the student to explore the poster, create a story about it, discuss his feelings and ask questions about it.
  • Encourage the student to interact with the poster using toys animals or other props.
  • Braille and print labels can be added, although I didn't include them here.

Variations: 

Share your ideas for other tactile posters!

Comments

Neat idea

Posted by Carrie Anderson

Re: Neat idea

Posted by Liz Eagan

Too cool!

Posted by Carol Anne

Love this idea!

Posted by jesmcdowellTVIOandM

posters for visually impaired

Posted by Lucille Abbazia

Tactile Posters

Posted by Charlotte Cushman

Posted on February 21, 2015
Updated on: February 7, 2018

Previous comments for Tactile Poster

Charlotte Cushman commented on May 14, 2017

Hi Lucille,

The posters are not for sale, but just included here to give you an idea of how to make them yourself.  We hope you'll give it a try!

Charlotte

Lucille Abbazia commented on May 13, 2017

your posters are great! Do you have them, or other posters for sale?

Liz Eagan commented on January 11, 2016

Yes, I post them on the wall. My thought process behind this is to give my students a chance to see what's on the wall as their peers do in their classrooms. I encourage teachers to come in my room and look what I've done so that (hopefully) they can do similiar things in their rooms. I try to make the posters as 'interesting' as I can. I make sure to include favorite textures as a motivator to explore them.

jesmcdowellTVIOandM commented on January 8, 2016

These are so great. You post them on the wall, right? I really like the idea of having the student stand up and explore a big poster with so many fun details to discover. Thanks for sharing these!

Liz Eagan commented on March 23, 2015

Here's the latest idea for a tactile poster.  The tree is bare to also incorporate discussion of seasons. The number of the building is an inside note...32115 that was the day this poster was created. As you can see the windows are cut out. Behind the cork-board is clear acrylic so when the student feels the windows, they will feel glass-like texture and not poster board. Again, as with the other posters I've made, after we explore the poster and review all the information, we will go outside and explore the school building.

Tactile poster of house

Carol Anne commented on February 21, 2015

Too cool! You are amazing! I hope you continue to show us the others you make.

Liz Eagan commented on February 21, 2015

Here's the latest tactile poster I made for my Kindergarten student:

"Under Water" tactile poster collage

Liz Eagan commented on October 27, 2014

Carrie, this took about two hours to make...partly because my left wrist is in a brace due to a hairline fracture. My daughter helped me as I used a TON of hot glue to ensure the items would stay put! I am going to change it out, just not sure how often at this time. Trying to come up with ideas for future posters is the trick. If you have any suggestions, I welcome them! My two students actually loved the poster! They've been telling me things I should have added (i.e. people).

Carrie Anderson commented on October 25, 2014

What a neat idea! How long did this take to make? Are you going to change this monthly or seasonally? I bet your student loved this!