After several usability testing sessions with with very young children, we recognised the need to create introductory tactiles, where the focus would simply be on making children comfortable with tactile forms, textures and learn to interpret them with some guidance.
We also observed that many blind children respond enthusiastically to music, just like any sighted child. We decided to create a musically led introduction to basic tactile shapes. Our choice of nursery rhymes was based on whether there was a key element or character that we could represent as a tactile form, and whether the tactile would add value to children.
For example, itsy bitsy spider made for an excellent choice as an opportunity to introduce children to the interesting form of a spider. Just in this case, we refrained from adding detailed descriptions and leave room for the teacher/parent to focus on getting children to be curious about tactile textures and forms.
Other songs in the pack:
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Wheels of the Bus Go Round and Round
Baa Baa Black Sheep
Five Little Ducks Went Out to Play
Humpty Dumpty Sat on a Wall
Hickory Dickory Dock
Itsy Bitsy Spider