Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Understanding Tactile Graphics: Tactile Treasures and Real Objects

Cover of Tactile Treasures from APH


Many students who are blind or visually impaired need specific instruction to make the transition from real objects to tactile graphics and this activity is designed to provide practice with this.  Using tactile forms from Tactile Treasures from APH, along with real objects, students are encouraged to explore the way that real objects are similar to tactile representations.



  • Ask the student to identify the object.  This can be done expressively ("What is this?")  or receptively ("Please give me the scissors" from an array of 3 objects)
  • Ask the student to match the real object to the tactile graphic.  Velcro can be attached to the tactile graphics and to the objects, so that students can make affix them.


  • Have the student match a braille word card to the object and tactile graphic.
  • Set up as a game, so that students can take turns.

Alignment with Core Standard:

  • RI.K.4:  Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.

Tactile form of scissors with real scissorsTactile form of toothbrush paired with real toothbrush


tactile treasures collage


Posted on April 17, 2012
Updated on: November 28, 2018