TADA! Activity 3 Beginner - Tactile Colors

In this adventure, students will create pixel art using a grid, braille and textured paper. They will learn about color and using a key while developing tactile discrimination skills.

Setup - Activity 3

This activity can be broken down into several elements for lesson planning.


  • Learn about color and contrast through tactile exploration.
  • Practice tactile discrimination by feeling different textures.
  • Use a tactile key to understand how textures represent colors.
  • Create pixel art through tactile exploration.

Materials Needed

Adventure Map: Activity 3

Teaching tip: Provide sufficient time for the student to explore, develop skills, and have fun at each step! Encouraging creativity and personal preferences for drawing as much as possible. Some students may be able to accomplish each step in one session; most students will need several sessions to complete the adventure.

1. Introduction

  • Ask your student: What is your favorite color and why? What do you think that color feels like?
    • Talk about language used to describe texture (e.g., smooth, slimy, rough, bumpy, silky, soft, hard, cold, warm)
    • Talk about language used to describe color (e.g., dark, bright, differences in colors).
  • Show examples of pixel art, discuss what makes it unique.
  • Explain that today they will make pixel art using textures to represent colors

2. Explore Texture and Contrast

  • Provide different textured paper samples
  • Have students feel and describe textures
  • Provide different textured surfaces and have students draw on paper placed on top of each surface
  • Discuss contrast between textures

3. Create a Tactile Key

  • Introduce the concept of a color wheel or palette
  • Select 3-5 textures to represent colors
  • Label textures with color names
  • Create a tactile key for reference

4. Plan and Create Pixel Art

  • Student draws design on graph paper
  • Cut textures into pixel/grid sizes
  • Glue pixels onto grid

5. Sharing and Discussion

  • Students share artwork and describe textures
  • Compare student pieces and observe contrasts
  • Discuss experience creating tactile pixel art

6. Conclusion

  • Summarize the key points of the adventure.
  • Summary of color, texture, contrast
  • Encourage continued exploration of tactile art