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How To Make Multisensory Materials at Home or School - Tactile Writing Tray


Updated July 17, 2011

Multisensory Materials

Multisensory Materials

Multisensory teaching methods, such as the tactile writing tray, are wonderful ways to teach preschoolers and young school children to write, spell, learn shapes, and more. This recipe makes it easy for an adult to make tactile writing trays for use at home or in classrooms.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Tactile Writing Tray for Hands On Learning - Less than 10 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Measure and pour one cup or corn meal into an air-tight container.
  2. Measure and pour one half cup of table salt into the container.
  3. Immediately before each use, shake well.
  4. Pour enough mixture into a baking tray or inside an inverted shoebox lid to cover the bottom.
  5. Have the child draw letters in the tray.
  6. When finished, place the mixture back into the airtight container.


  1. Have children wash their hands before and after using the tactile trays. As with any similar material, do not allow children to place materials in their mouths or near their faces.
  2. For a colorful mix, add a few drops of food coloring to the cornmeal before mixing it with the salt. Mix the food coloring and cornmeal well, tossing gently until all bits are colored. Spread the meal on a tray to dry. When completely dry, mix with the salt.
  3. You may keep the mix for several days, but freeze it for long term storage.
  4. For classroom use, make larger amounts of mix using one part salt to two parts corn meal. Check the mix between uses in class to ensure freshness and cleanliness. Make new batches as needed.

What You Need

  • 1 Cup of coarsely ground cornmeal
  • 1/2 Cup of table salt
  • 1 Rectangular baking tray or sturdy shoebox lid
  • 1 Air-tight container

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