Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Using Objects to Reinforce Consonant Sounds

Photo of a veltex board with small stuffed animals and letter cards attached.

Many early reading materials rely on printed worksheets or alphabet cards to introduce initial sounds.  This activity uses small objects, stuffed animals, and toys to reinforce initial consonant sounds by matching the letter to the corresponding item that begins with that sound.


  • small stuffed animals, toys, or objects corresponding to different letters of the alphabet (Each one should have a small piece of velcro attached to the back, so that it can be affixed to the board.)
  • a board covered with Veltex or similar fabric to which velcro will stick
  • cards with letters of the alphabet in print and braille


  1. Review letter cards and their sounds.
  2. Be sure that the student can identify all of the animals, toys, and objects being used in this activity.
  3. Place 2-3 animals and/or toys on the board.
  4. Mix up the corresponding letter cards and place in random order in front of board.
  5. Ask the student to select the correct letter and place it under the animal or toy that starts with that letter


  1. Increase the number of items.
  2. Play with more than one student and take turns.
  3. Place the letter cards on the board and ask the students to find the animal or toy that starts with that letter.


Common Core and Braille Standards

Foundational Skills: 

RF.K.3a Demonstrate basic knowledge of letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary or most frequent sound for each consonant.

Collage of using real objects


Teaching reading

Posted by M. Wein

Posted on June 6, 2012
Updated on: February 18, 2019

Previous comments for Using Objects to Reinforce Consonant Sounds

M. Wein commented on June 12, 2012

I am looking for computer programs to enhance reading development for and individual with developmental disabilities and cortical blindness.