Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Feely Meely: Game to Match Braille to Objects

Object box and word cards for Feely Meely game

This activity is designed to motivate students to read simple braille or print word cards by matching a word card to an object.


  1. Cover a box with different textures, for additional interest and motivation.  Cut a hole in one end of the box for the student to reach in.
  2. Word cards in braille and/or print. (The word cards on this page have braille only, but many people prefer to have braille and print together.)
  3. Corresponding objects for each word card


This game can be played taking turns in a small group, or individually with the teacher.
Be sure that students are able to read the word cards and identify each of the objects before starting.
Braille word cards should have an indication of top/bottom, left/right orientation, such as cutting the right corner or placing a staple in the right corner, or a braille line at the top or bottom of the card.
Small toy pig with braille word card


  1. Give the student one card. 

  2. Ask the student to read the word (e.g. "pot", "top",  "pig", etc.  Start with all short vowels, and change objects according to student’s level.

  3. Once the student has read the word correctly, have her reach inside the box and find the object that goes with the card.


Have the students reach in and find the object first and then select the correct word card from an array of two or three word cards.


Common Core and Braille Standards

Foundational Skills: 

RF.K.2 Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
RF.K.3c Read common high-frequency words by sight (e.g., the, of, to, you, she, my, is, are, do,does).

Kindergarten - Word Analysis, Fluency, and Systematic Vocabulary Development : 

K.1.15 Read simple one-syllable and high-frequency words (i.e., sight words).
K.1.15a Read simple high-frequency words in uncontracted braille.
K.1.15b Read simple high-frequency words in contracted braille.

Grade 1 - Word Analysis, Fluency, and Systematic Vocabulary Development: 

1.1.1 Match oral words to brailled words.
1.1.11 Read common, irregular sight words (e.g., the, have, said, come, give, of) in contracted and uncontracted braille.
1.1.15 Read common word families (e.g., -ite, -ate), including words containing braille contractions (e.g., -and, -ast, -ed).

Collage of Feely Meely


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Posted by Liamsmom

Posted on April 11, 2012
Updated on: December 20, 2018

Previous comments for Feely Meely: Game to Match Braille to Objects

Liamsmom commented on September 6, 2015

I passed this activity onto my son's team :-) looks fun. Thanks for sharing