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CVI and the Summer Olympics: A Tactile Book Template

July 8, 2024 No Comments

CVI and the Summer Olympics: A Tactile Book Template

The Summer Olympics is right around the corner. Since the Summer Olympics are only every four years, many kids may not know a lot about the Olympics. Understanding new items can be challenging for students with cortical visual impairment as they don’t pick information up incidentally the same way as their peers. To help students understand and relate to items they might see or hear around the Summer Olympics, I have created this CVI-friendly Summer Olympics tactile book template. The goal of this book is to expose and teach a child with CVI about the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Two Versions of CVI-friendly Books are Included

A tactile book can allow a child to engage with the material through touch. This Summer Olympics adapted book includes two versions of the pages.

  1. The first version uses photographs against a high-contrast background, either white or black depending on the photograph’s color. For students who can access photographs, these photographs allow the student to take in information visually while the story is read.
  2. The second version includes pages (without text) designed for students to interact with via touch and vision. Both of these versions can be placed in the book to allow access to various learners, or you can utilize a single version.

Make sure you read until the end to download the FREE Summer Olympics tactile book template!

The text on the image says "Creating a CVI-friendly Summer Olympics tactile book. Below is an image of the cover of the "Summer Olympics" adapted book. The cover is black with "Summer Olympics" written in yellow font.

Tactile Books… Let’s Get Started

When creating any materials for students with cortical visual impairment, including a tactile book, I recommend using matte lamination. Other lamination causes glare which can be difficult for students with cortical visual impairment to access visually. For the pages with photographs, I recommend laminating these full pages. For the tactile book pages, I recommend laminating these full pages and then adding the tactile components on top. I recommend printing it and laminating each page with matte lamination, before applying any of the tactile features. This helps the materials hold up year after year or even day to day!

When creating your own stories or tactile books, decide what vocabulary you want to focus on. For the purpose of this blog post, and your FREE download (found at the bottom of this blog post), we are going to focus on the following vocabulary:

  • four (years)
  • France
  • flame
  • soccer
  • gymnastics
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • medal

At the end of the document, you will see printer-friendly versions of some of the images. Cut out these templates to trace onto the tactile paper so that the tactile elements fit perfectly onto the laminated paper and corresponding images. 

Step-by-Step Directions

Four (Years)

A black page is shown with a large yellow number four in the middle.

To create the number four, you can use any tactile paper that you have or your child/student prefers. I included a printer-friendly “four” at the end of the document that you can print and trace onto the tactile paper of your choice. For my tactile book, I used adhesive foam paper. I would recommend using your student/child’s preferred color tactile paper to create the number four.

Flag of France

A tactile flag of France is shown in the center of black laminated paper. The blue is made of glitter foam, the white is made from felt, and the red is made from corrugated paper.

Again, for the flag, you can use any tactile paper that you have or that your student/child prefers. Since three colors are represented on France’s flag, I recommend using three different textures so that students can feel the colors changing, even if they can’t see them. Some of my favorite textured paper includes glitter foam paper, felt, and corrugated paper.

Olympic Flame

A flame is shown in the center of black laminated paper. The image of the flame has glitter pipe cleaners covering it.

For the flame, I used metallic pipe cleaners and glue. The metallic component is very eye-catching, and students can feel the individual sparking “flames.”


A soccer ball is in the center of white laminated paper. The soccer ball is outlined in black puffy paint and two of the pentagons are filled in with black puffy paint as well.

For the soccer ball, I used puffy paint to outline the shape of the ball, as well as to color in a few of the pentagons on the ball. The smooth paint allows students to interact with the “smoothness” of a soccer ball, as well as feel the shapes that make up a typical soccer ball. I would recommend painting in 2 pentagons, so there is some space between painted shapes. 

Balance Beam

A picture of a balance beam is shown in the middle of white laminated paper. The beam part of the image is covered with sandpaper.

For the beam, I used sandpaper, as this is a similar material to what is found on balance beams. For this, I “covered” the entire beam so students can feel the shape of the beam when interacting with the book. Again, I used this craft glue to adhere the sandpaper to the page. 


An image of a sailboat is shown in the middle of black laminated paper. One of the sails is covered with green glitter foam.

For the sailboat, again you can use any textured paper that you want to create the triangle portion of the sail. I used glitter foam paper (mentioned above) for this page. 


An image of a swimming pool is shown in the middle of black laminated paper. On top of the image is a small Ziplock bag filled with water, blue glitter and blue food coloring.

For the swimming pool, I used a snack-sized resealable bag, water, blue glitter, and blue food coloring. To create this, fill the bag ¼ way with water, add a sprinkle or two of blue glitter and a few drops of food coloring. After sealing the bag, I folded the top over once and secured it with clear packing tape. Then, I glued the folded bag on top of the pool using craft glue. (It’s not a perfect fix, but it should help increase its durability!)

Gold Medal

An image of a medal is in the middle of laminated black paper. The medal part is covered with gold metallic paper.

Lastly, for the medal, I recommend using metallic gold paper and craft glue. I included a circle on the last page of the document that you can use to trace onto the metallic paper.  

Using this tactile book with your child or student repetitively will help the child build connections with Summer Olympics vocabulary. Remember to always monitor kids with tactile books as pieces may fall off or break over time. 

Grab the FREE tactile book template below!

Want to learn more about other CVI-friendly activities? Check out these blog posts:

7 Fun and Engaging Birthday and Holiday Gifts for Kids with CVI

CVI-Friendly Pumpkin Activities

4 Interesting Back-to-School Activities for CVI Students


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