Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired


These sticks were created for my prebraille student. We can play several activities with the one set of tongue depressors that have been adapted with textures:
  1. turn them all over and do a matching game
  2. sort by texture (soft/rough)
  3. same/different
I plan to create more of the sticks on a smaller tongue depressor to do patterning. The reason I used the tongue depressors instead of a smaller shape was to promote the student tracking across the stick from left to right as they explored the texture.
tongue depresses covered with textured red papertongue depressors covered in textured multicolored paper


texti-sticks collage



Common Core and Braille Standards

Kindergarten - Mechanics of Braille Reading: 

K.4.3 Track, using the fingers of both hands and moving from left to right:
K.4.5a Use the pads of the fingers as the reading surface.
K.4.5e Maintain a smooth, continuous movement.
K.4.8 Move the fingers smoothly from line to line, from the top of the page to the bottom.


another idea to make the paper into stickers

Posted by fayegonzalez

Carousel of Textures

Posted by Charlotte Cushman

Posted on December 11, 2014
Updated on: February 7, 2018

Previous comments for Texti-Sticks

Liz Eagan commented on December 12, 2014

I inadverntantly left that out of my post. Thank you, Faye, for catching it! Fabric is another texture one can add and I will be adding some to the sticks over the Christmas break.

Charlotte@Perkins commented on December 12, 2014

Good suggestion, Faye!  Click here for the link to Carousel of Textures.

Carousel of textures

fayegonzalez commented on December 11, 2014

If people don't have a Xyron machine, they could try using the double sided sticky paper that comes in the "Carousel of Textures" kit that is available from APH through Federal Quota funds.  It is intended for exactly this application, to make your own stickyback textured paper.