These sturdy books have items attached to pegboard "pages" with elastic, which enables the learner to explore and manipulate them, without having them disappear. This example shows brushes, beads, and other tactile items attached to the pages.
Experience Books or Boxes
Experience books or boxes incorporate real objects or artifacts from an activity or event in which the child has participated to create a book about the event. The objects once attached to the page made from sturdy cardboard or posterboard can have both print and braille added to them. The pages can be placed in a three-ring binder. Ideally the child participates actively in the whole process if possible, from deciding on the topic for the book, helping to collect and gather the items to illustrate it, telling the story, and putting it all together. However, even if the child only participates in the experience, collects materials, and helps secure them in the book that is okay. The important part is that the child recognizes that the objects in the book are the same objects in the activity or experience. You may do the same thing by collecting things in a box or small container that the child can explore independently or in an adult-child interaction without having to place them in a book.
Outdoor walks, trips to the beach, cooking in the kitchen with mom, or almost any highly motivating activity make great activity stories. Also collecting materials used in daily routines like bath time, brushing teeth, or getting dressed can be used as well. The important thing is finding objects that interest the child or that the child encounters regularly.
Tactile Art Projects
Creating tactile art projects is another way to create an artifact that the student can explore again and again. However, it is important that the art activity is done by the child not for the child.