Materials and tools for learning Braille

1.Contour paste: Apply Braille script to various surfaces and textiles.

With contour paste, for example, the so-called Perlen Pen, you can draw any tactile structures. The material adheres to textiles, even when they are washed.  Perlen Pen, The Perlen Pen is also suitable for wood, metal, ceramic, paper, glass, and stone. This way, Braille labels can be applied to almost any surface.


2. Braille script and various motifs for sale.

The Friends of Accessible Reading Association offers  T-Shirts, Beutel und Kissenbezüge, bags, and pillowcases with Braille script and various motifs for sale. The embroideries in the shape of a heart, lion, or sailboat also include tactile mazes, allowing the motifs to be explored in a playful manner.
3. Creating tactile images with a Braille typewriter.
Those who own a Braille typewriter can playfully practice using it by drawing various motifs using Braille characters. The association Einfach Machbar regularly publishes instructions for creating such images. You can draw things like a cake, various plants and animals, or even an entire city.
4. Learning Braille and training the sense of touch can be done playfully with tactile children’s books.
The DBSV offers many tactile books creatively designed with various materials, allowing for interactive exploration. Each book focuses on a theme such as architecture or knot tying, which is not only entertaining but also educational for children. Additionally, at dzb lesen, interactive tactile books are available for purchase. These books, called Klapperlapapp books, are divided into two parts, allowing different combinations of the upper and lower halves to form various motifs.
5. Representing enlarged Braille using a mosaic pegboard toy
With a mosaic pegboard toy, large and easy-to-feel Braille letters can be recreated. This toy typically consists of a wooden board with holes where colorful pegs with round heads can be inserted. This allows for various exercises in reading and writing, similar to the ones described in the article about egg cartons.
6. Typewriters and other tools for writing Braille.


Braille is typically written either with a slate and stylus or with a special typewriter.Writing slates come in various sizes, allowing for flexibility in writing Braille.Various mechanical Braille typewriters are available for purchase from Blista Brailletec. Electronic typewriters like the Elotype or the Mountbatten can also function as printers and offer additional useful features.

7. Tactile games for training touch and reading skills.

For playful learning or to liven up Braille lessons, tactile board games are ideal. At various assistive technology vendors, you can find playing cards labeled in Braille and well-tactile dice available for purchase. There are also special domino sets and tactile versions of classics such as chess and “Mensch-ärgere-dich-nicht” (the German version of “Sorry!”).