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Tactile Cards

Contributed by Your Therapy Source, Inc.


This activity provides tactile and visual input. In addition, it reinforces letter or sight word recognition.


Crayons, Glitter Glue, Index Cards, Paper, Puffy Paint


Stereognosis, Visual Memory, and Writing


Preparation for activity: creating the tactile cards

  • Step 1 - Create the tactile cards by writing letters or sight words on each card.

  • Step 2 - Create a matching set of cards

  • Step 3 - Go over each letter or word with puffy paint or glitter glue. Let dry overnight. This creates raised letters on the cards.

You can have the child help you with the preparation part by either writing the letters/words or by tracing them (after you write them)with the puffy paint or glitter glue.


  • Step 1 - Mix up the cards and place them face down on the table so that the child can not see the letters.

  • Step 2 - Each player takes a turn by turning over two cards attempting to match the letters or words.

  • Step 3 - If the player matches a letter or a word, the player should trace over the raised letter or word using his finger while saying the letter or word aloud.
    If the player is unable to find a match, it is the next player's turn.

  • Step 4 - Continue play until all the matches are found.


  • Play on carpeted area and instruct the child to play while on all fours instead of sitting at a table. This position provides proprioceptive input.

  • Place a card on the table with the letter or word facing up. Place a piece of paper over the card. The child can then rub the crayon over the letter or word to reveal what letter/word it is.
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