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Tactile Bingo

This activity takes the classic game of bingo and makes it accessible with tactile cards for students who are visually impaired.

I cut circles out of MDF (Medium Density Fibre Board) then stuck them to a board. Luckily my school’s got a laser cutter and a really helpful DT (Design Technology) teacher!
 
I stuck all manner of tactile things onto milk bottle lids. Double-sided sellotape (i.e. Scotch Tape) works really well here.
 
So far I have got:
  • textures: felt, foam, sandpaper, velcro, fur, fabric
  • shapes
  • everyday objects – coins, multilink cubes, buttons, etc.
 
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To Play:

 
The youngsters start with a full board, then as they get a match they take the lid off the game board. The winner is the first with an empty board. 
To orient the lid, place a bumper on the lid at 12 o’clock.
 
So far it works well as an inclusive resource for students who are sighted, partially sighted, and blind. Those who don’t need to feel for the answer can understand it from the verbal description.
 
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Use the bingo game to practice matching initial letter sounds.


 

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