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Make Your Own Tactile Letter Cards

Children learn about the world around them through their senses: seeing, hearing, smelling, and tasting. And of course…

Children Learn by Touching

Here at All About Learning Press, weโ€™re really big on the multisensory approach because learning is so much more effective when children learn through all their senses. Our tactile letter cards provide a great multisensory way for little ones to learn about the alphabet.

Our free download includes uppercase and lowercase letter templates, instructions for creating your tactile letter cards, and tips for using your cards. Ready to go?

Tactile Letter Cards activity download 3-page spread

Instructions for Tactile Letter Cards

  1. Print the uppercase and lowercase letter card pages contained in this activity download. Cut out the letter cards.
  2. Prepare the colored sand using the simple instructions in the PDF.
  3. Spread glue in the shape of the letters, sprinkle with colored sand, and let dry thoroughly. The cards are ready to use!
Using colored sand on tactile letter card

Playing with Tactile Letter Cards

There are so many ways to use the tactile letter cards.

As your child learns the names and sounds of each letter, have her feel the letter as she says the name or sound.

Preschooler touching tactile letter card

Is your child ready for more? Use both sets of cards to help your child begin to recognize and match uppercase and lowercase letters.

Preschooler matching tactile letter cards

Older children can be encouraged to use the letter cards to spell their names or short words.

Preschooler spelling 'mom'

Other Materials for Tactile Letter Cards

If you’d like to make tactile letter cards but don’t want to make colored sand, that’s okay! We’ve got more great ideas for you. You can make tactile cards with all kinds of materials. In addition to our colored sand cards, we made cards using glitter, pipe cleaners, rice, dried mung beans, and fabric. Aren’t they awesome?

Variations of tactile letter cards

Have you made tactile letter cards? What materials did you use? Let us know in the comments below!

If your child enjoyed this hands-on letter recognition activity, why donโ€™t you try some of our other letter recognition activities, too?

tactile letter cards pinterest graphic
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Marilyn Fuqua

says:

such a great simple idea! and so many feels can be used!

Chris

says:

Thanks love this. I think we’ll go find sand paper too. :)

Diana McBride

says:

This is a new idea to me and I so wish I’d known about these when my eldest was younger. I will defo try it with my little! Thanks for making it available to us here ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Rebecca

says:

I will be trying this this year with my 1st grader she is left handed and often writes her letters backwards.

Kayla

says:

This is perfect for our tot school letter of the week. We can make our letter of the week on monday and use it for the rest of the year. I really like Robin E. ideas of using different textures for each letter. Thanks for the printables!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Kayla,
Have fun! And, if you feel up to it, we would love to see a photo of a group of letters with different textures.

Stephanie

says:

I am teaching a child who is having trouble remembering some of his letters as we cover them. I would love the All About Reading Pre Level to see if this would make a difference. We have tried some tactile learning. He remembers some letters and some he just doesn’t. Hope I can win this set, it would be a blessing!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Stephanie,
I understand this. I spent all of my 3rd child’s kindergarten year on learning letters (a few years before the All About Reading Pre-reading level was published), and at the end of the year he knew 6 of them. It was frustrating.

I do feel that the Pre-reading level would have made a difference for him, especially if we spent more than one day per Lesson so that we could really focus on the letter. He is 13 now, and in All About Spelling level 6, and we still review phonograms from level 1 periodically because he needs to do so. The key to long term retention for him is multisensory teaching (visual, auditory, and tactile) and on going review. We must review frequently when he first learns something, but we can never completely stop reviewing if we want him to retain it.

Let me know if you have any further questions or concerns. It can be difficult and frustrating, for both of you, to teach a kid that struggles in this way. Our Memory Report should be helpful to you.

Lindsey

says:

Love this idea.

Joanna Adams

says:

Love this idea. My second child has some sensory sensetivites, and giving her different sensory expiriences helps her. I love the thought of different textures as well!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Joanna,
If your daughter is up to it, you could make these together and allow her to choose which texture for each letter. Is H soft and fluffy? Maybe glue pulled apart cotton balls to it. Is O smooth and hard? You could cut it from a plastic lid and glue it on. You could take your time as you work through the letters, doing just one or two at a time so that she can really focus on each one.

Kayla

says:

This is an awesome idea!

Athena

says:

Such a great idea! Thank you for the download.

Brooke labak

says:

Thank you – love this!

Mariah

says:

These are great! When my son was little I bought some wooden rectangles and felt ABC stickers from Hobby Lobby to make my own also. I’ll have to print these out if I can’t find them after our move! Thanks for the freebie!

Kathryn F.

says:

I have not made these tactile letter cards but I’m going to! Great idea!! ๐Ÿค—

Tia Mayfield

says:

Love this! Gonna try and make these for my little this year.

roslyn harris

says:

These look great. I think I will make some for my 3 yr old! My math curriculum (right start) suggests making tactile number cards with sandpaper. I bet you could do that for letters also.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Roslyn,
I’ve had people that have made letters from sandpaper say that gluing sand onto cards like this would be easier. I’d be inclined to print some cards for numbers too and do them this way as well.

Cissa

says:

Amazing Material! We are goinh to use this coming year and we are super excited!

E

says:

Love this! Thanks for the free download!

Sherica Jordan

says:

I love tactile letters. I wish I had found this post before I spent $40 on the wooden ones.

Amy C

says:

These are awesome!! Thanks for the download! My kids will love these!

Dee Anne

says:

Wow!! These are awesome. Thank you so much for the downloads and instructions for making the letters tactile. Can’t wait to use them:)

Dana

says:

I have a very eager four year old that will love these, thanks so much for the idea!

Dana

says:

Fun idea

Jessica

says:

Very cute idea. Though I’d use something other than glitter. Haha

Jenny

says:

Can’t wait to try this out!

Judith Martinez

says:

I made a whole set with sandpaper when my older kids were little. They’ve since gotten lost or worn out. I need to make a new set for my youngest kids to use.

Whitney

says:

What an awesome resource! I’m excited to download and let my kids start playing (learning) with them. Thank you!

Hannah J

says:

That’s a great idea! I made my letters by cutting them out of sand paper. This looks easier!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Hannah,
I can’t decide if it would be good or bad for your scissors to cut sandpaper. Gluing on sand does seem easier.

Tristan

says:

My 2 year old loves the “that’s not my…” tactile books from unborn these would be great for him!!

andrea

says:

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

Jackie

says:

This is a *wonderful* idea! My 4 year old loves textures and is a very tactile learner. Thanks so much for sharing the download; I can’t wait to let him make these with different materials (peas, beans, sand, etc) to help him grasp the alphabet! :)

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I made sand letters years and years ago for my 3rd child when he was a preschooler, and my 4th and 5th children enjoyed them too. These printables would have made them so much easier to make!

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