Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Using TACK-TILES® with Beginning Braille Readers

Photo of TackTiles


TACK-TILES® are similar to LEGO®-type blocks and can be used for a wide range of activities with early braille readers.  There are many ways that these can be used to match or sort letters, find the one that’s different, spell out simple words, etc.



In this photo a student is given two different sets of letters (“m” and “y”) and is asked to find all of the m’s and put them on one line, and all of the y’s to put on a different line.


  • Have one student write out a word and another student read it.
  • Write out a word using the TACK-TILES® and ask the student to copy it.
  • Make a row of letters with one that is different and have the student take out the one that is not the same.
  • Use your imagination!

tack-tiles collage


Common Core and Braille Standards

Foundational Skills: 

RF.K.1d Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.

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

K.1.5a Identify two braille symbols as being the same or different.
K.1.5d Identify the one symbol that is different within a line of like symbols, using a variety of braille symbols for different lines.
K.1.5e Identify the one symbol that is different within a group of three symbols, two of which are identical.
K.1.5f Recognize a full braille cell.
K.1.6 Recognize and name all uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
Posted on April 5, 2012
Updated on: May 21, 2019