Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Texture Book

josh's texture book cover

I made this texture book to help my student with CVI (Cortical Visual Impairment) start to make connections between what he feels and the words that are associated with those textures.  Each page is clearly labeled so that each educator will use the same language when presenting the book to this student. 


  • Paper CD cases
  • A red folder 
  • Two metal rings
  • Rough sandpaper
  • Bubble wrap
  • Old fuzzy stuffed animal/something soft
  • Pasta 
  • Hair gel
  • Two plastic baggies
  • Duct tape
  • Single hole punch
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Pasta


  • I removed the plastic from the center of the paper CD cases.  
  • Then I cut up the items I wanted to insert into them to fit inside the cases.  
  • The first item I used was a smooth red folder.  Red is a color that my student can identify more clearly than others so I used this color as much as possible.  

smooth texture page with red circle

  • The second item I used was rough sandpaper.  

rough texture page with red circle with sandpaper

  • The third item was some bubble wrap cut to fit into the CD case as a bumpy texture.

bumpy texture page with red circle and bubble wrap

  • The fourth item was a stuffed rabbit that I cut up to use for a soft texture.  

soft texture page with a circle covered in stuffed bunny fur

  • I painted some pasta red and hot glued it to a piece of the red folder.  This I placed into a CD case to be used as the hard texture.

hard texture page with red circle and painted dry pasta

  • And the final texture, I made by squeezing hair gel into a baggie, sealing the bag with as little air in it as possible, then placing that baggie into another baggie and removing as much air from that one as possible.  I then folded the baggies, squishing the gel out of the way, until I could tape the baggies into a small enough square to fit into the CD case.  After putting it in the CD case I used red duct tape to tape it into place from the outside.  

rough texture page with red circle with hair gel in a plastic baggy

  • After I had each texture in their CD case I clearly labeled the outside of each one and put holes in the side.  
  • I made a cover page and back page to make it look like a book and placed each of the pages in order using the metal rings to secure them together.  Now, my student and I are ready to explore textures!!
texture book collage



Posted on December 12, 2014
Updated on: February 7, 2018