Make Your Own Touch Book!

Ivan with his touch book

I wanted to create a fun and personalized gift for my nephew who is blind, so I came up with the idea of making him his very own Touch Book! Since kids who are blind interact with their environment predominantly through touch and sound, I wanted to put together a book of textures for my nephew to feel. You can make your own touch book, too. It’s easy and fun and can be a great gift for a visually impaired child… or anyone!

What You’ll Need:

  • thick pieces of cardboard cut into 5 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches
  • hole punch
  • three key-rings
  • different textured materials, etc
  • glue
  • permanent marker

Putting Your Touch Book Together

touch book page

  1. Begin by collecting different textures from around the house. Materials like velvet or cordoroy are fun. Leather, sandpaper, feathers, bubble wrap, double-sided tape, or sponges all make intersting feelings, too.
  2. Glue each texture to a piece of cardboard. Name the textures using a permanent marker and add Braille, too.
  3. Finally, punch holes in your pages and clip together with key-rings. You’re Done!

A Fun Twist…

Try making a Noise Book along with your Touch Book. Use the same techniques as above, but fill your pages with things that make sounds when you touch them, like bells, sticks that can be hit together, bags full of beans, etc. You’re only limited by your imagination!

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Make your own touch book

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