Three girls wearing blindfolds feeling a tactile pictureThe Build a Better Book project engages participants in thinking about universal design and designing for all learners. As an introduction to tactile learning, have students wear blindfolds to practice using their sense of touch instead of sight and to begin thinking about designing for an end user who is blind or visually impaired. There are several introductory activities that prompt students to think about what an object feels like as opposed to what it looks like (e.g., an object may look like a dog but may not feel like a dog). Students will also gain a greater appreciation for the importance of texture, and how texture can influence what an object is interpreted to be when touched.

Tactile Learning Activities

'Blind' Modeling
Tactile Memory
Tactile Pictionary