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Tactile Poster

Tactile posters can be a helpful tool to promote concept development in students who are visually impaired.

One of the things I’m doing for my kindergarten student is creating tactile posters for him to explore during his break in our lessons. He is free to ask questions or create a story about what he is feeling. I plan to bring in toy animals so he can interact with them more.

This scene is meant to be similar to one found at his school. Once he is familiar with the poster we can take a nature walk outside and explore the similar area outdoors.

This is only the first poster. I am open to suggestions of ideas for future ones. He explored it for the first time today and those busy hands were all over it initially and then exploring the different sections more slowly. He was full of questions as well.

tactile poster with leaves and yellow sunflowers and hedges with pink roses and an orange butterfly
Tactile poster of garden scene with grass, flowers, butterflies and trees

Materials

The materials will depend upon the specific tactile poster you create.  In this one I used:

  • poster board
  • felt
  • leaves, flowers, butterfly from crafts store
  • glue gun
  • stapler

Procedure

  • You can include the student in the design and creation of the tactile poster, or do it yourself.
  • Invite the student to explore the poster, create a story about it, discuss his feelings and ask questions about it.
  • Encourage the student to interact with the poster using toys animals or other props.
  • Braille and print labels can be added, although I didn’t include them here.

Share your ideas for other tactile posters!

Collage of under water tactile poster for student with visual impairments
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