Skip to content
Blog

Tactile Bulletin Boards

Bulletin boards and classroom signs that have braille, tactile items, and textured letters make these decorations accessible for our visually impaired students.

Door and wall display for a vision classroom that has textured letters and braille letters.

Note: Anna Ackley is the Assistant Coordinator of the Program on Visual Impairment at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. She made these bulletin boards to raise awareness for the program within the education building, as well as, give future TVIs (Teachers of the Visually Impaired) some creative ideas for when they enter the field. 

POP IT Bulletin Board

A welcoming sign put up in the hallway of the classroom says, “Pop in to Learn about Braille!”

Materials:

Plastic Plates from Dollar Tree

“Luckiest Guy” font on Google Docs

Bulletin Board Paper

Glue Dots

Procedure:

1. I used 9-inch dinner sized plates to make my “Pop It” but you could also make a smaller version using dessert plates. The exact kind of plate doesn’t matter, it is just important to have the plate be the same color front and back to complete the aesthetic. 

Assemble your braille cells and decide what letter or dots you want to be “raised” and place those plates facing down, to create the visual effect of it being raised. 

*Note: I used a plastic gold tablecloth from the dollar store for underneath the plates, however in hindsight, I would not recommend this method because the plastic was too thin and required a lot of extra securing. If I were to do this again, I would use colored bulletin board paper or colored construction paper.

Plates are aligned on a gold table cloth to represent braille cells.
Plates on a gold tablecloth

2. Cut out your message, I used the font “Luckiest Guy” on Google Docs. First, I printed out my message and determined the size and placement. Next, I cut out the letters and traced them on heavier colored construction paper. 

Sign for the bulletin board that says, "Pop in to learn about braille!" with the plates representing braille.
Bulletin board sign

3. Then I used double sided tape and glue dots to secure everything into place.

Completed sign that says, "Pop in to Learn about Braille!" with the plates representing braille.
Completed sign

I Feel With My Little Fingers Bulletin Board

I wanted to make a tactile version of “Eye Spy.” With a fall theme in mind, I got many different “fall” objects from the Dollar Tree. 

Materials:

Items from Dollar Tree

Die Cut Hands

Tactile Leaf Stickers

Index Cards

Brailler

Hot Glue

Stapler

Construction Paper

Fall items from the Dollar Tree store that include a variety fall leaves, flowers, pumpkins, and art supplies.
A variety of fall items

Procedure:

1. I picked the items I wanted students to find. I used hot glue to secure the items to a small piece of heavy construction paper. (Make 2 of each)

The items I chose were:

A skeleton

A fuzzy pumpkin

A soft pumpkin

A pumpkin that feels like leather

A big round pumpkin

A small hard pumpkin

A spooky bow

A pair of sunglasses

A feather

Some legos

A leaf that feels like leather

A sparkly bat

A Pop It

A sunflower

2. To make the heading, I used a basic die cut font and cut out my letters. Before stapling the letters in place, I used a piece of masking tape to hold the letters in place. This also allows you to rearrange the letters to your liking.

I Feel with my Little Fingers bulletin board

3. Using a boarder, I made a rectangle to place my items and stapled them in place. Next, I added tactile sticker leaves (purchased from Michaels) around the items. I used fake leaves from the Dollar Tree as well and stapled them in place.

4. Next, I made a key on each side of the rectangle that listed the items needed to be found.

 

5. I hand wrote a print label for each item on a 4×6 index card, then brailled directly on the index card.

Tactile items of a fuzzy pumpkin, soft pumpkin, leather pumpkin, big pumpkin, and small pumpkin.
Tactile items
Completed bulletin board

Tactile Door Sign

A tactile sign that says, “Vision Program” decorated with large cut circles to represent braille.

Materials Needed:

Textured paper

Double sided tape

Scissors

Sticky label paper

Construction paper or die cut circles

Procedure:

1. To make a tactile door sign, I used the textured paper kit from APH

2. Using the font, “Luckiest Guy” on Google Docs, I printed out the words I wanted (VISION PROGRAM). I cut them out and then traced them on the tactile paper and cut them out. 

3. I used double sided tape to secure them to bulletin board paper. Next, I used clear label paper to add the braille letter under each print letter. Then I attached the paper to the door with double sided tape. 

Completed door that has textured letters saying "Vision Program" and braille letters that also include large cut out circles that represent braille.
Completed door

4. I used these die-cut circles from Michaels to make a few braille cells to add around the door and secured them with glue dots. 

Tactile Bulletin Boards title with a picture of a tactile board that states, "I Feel with My Little Fingers."
SHARE THIS ARTICLE
Cube counters stacked together.
Blog

Math Manipulatives

Diorama outdoor scene from Asia with greenery, trees, and a couple panda bears in a show box
Activity and strategy

Dioramas are a Meaningful Project Option

Illustrated bus with Back to School written on its side with a large book and pencil on top of it
Blog

Back To School In 2022