Tactile Sight Word Cards- No Sandpaper Needed!

Ever since posting the DIY tactile letters, I wanted to create templates to make tactile words for the first three lists of the Dolch 220 sight words.  I’m such a believer in a multi-sensory approach to teaching that, despite the amount of time they’ll take to make, they’ll be so worth the effort!  Once made, they should last you for years.

So, this is what you’ll need for your project:  1.  Adhesive Outdoor Tread.  I purchased this tread at my favorite home improvement store–the Home Depot in the paint section.  2.  9 sheets of 3 different colors of 12×12 cardstock (scrapbooking cardstock found in most large department stores).  3.  Clear contact paper if you do not have access to a laminator.

To make your tactile sight words, follow these simple steps:

1.  Print the pdf with the sight word templates and the letter templates and cut them out.

2. Mount the sight word templates on the colored cardstock and cut them leaving a border around the template.  I use my scrapbooking tools, but scissors will do.  You will be able to get three sight word templates on a 12×12 cardstock.  I color-coded my lists.  For example, list one was mounted on green, list two on blue and list three on red.

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3.  Laminate or cover each mounted template with clear contact paper.

4.  Gather the letters for the word on the card.  Turn over/flip the letters for the word on the backside of the tread and trace around the letter with a fine point Sharpie marker.

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5.  Cut the letter from the outdoor tread.

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6.  Simply peel the paper off the back of the tread and adhere on the template.

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 Well, that’s about it.  Pretty easy to make.  These tactile sight word cards will make a great addition to your small group intervention toolbox.  One helpful hint…you’ll want to have some Goo-Gone on hand to clean your scissors after cutting the tread.

Click the following link to download your pdf file of the sight word templates for lists 1-3 of the Dolch 220 Sight Words. Templates for the Tactile Sight Words


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  1. Molly says

    I found your blog through pinterest and just love it! I’ve always taught preschool age children, but this year I am teaching 1st and 2nd graders with Autism. Your blog has so many wonderful ideas that I can’t wait to get started next week. Can’t wait to check out your items on TPT. Thanks so much for sharing these terrific ideas and strategies! 🙂

  2. Gay Gallagher says

    Great idea, looking for something new. I’ve always made them using glitter glue and puffy paint. I add a green dot (green means “go”)of puffy paint, or even crayon to where they are to place their finger to start tracing the word. Helps eliminate the tendency to start bottom to top for many students.

  3. says

    Thank you so much – I found this through pinterest and it is going to work perfectly for me to work with my daughter on her sight words at home!! Thanks so much!

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