3D Universal Core Vocabulary Tactile Learning Blocks

Bundle/Block: Full Set x36 Blocks

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The Center for Literacy and Disability Studies have created a set of three-dimensional (3D) symbols to represent the 36 words in the Universal Core vocabulary. Each tactual symbol is printed on a base that has a shape, texture and color that mark the word category. Each also includes a unique raised element, the printed word and braille to make the individual word. The table below details the rules for the base shapes.

Please note, as these are print on demand items there will be a 2-5 day lead time before your order is dispatched while we print the parts.

Word Class Shape Edge Texture Color
adverb circle bumps (reverse golf ball dimples) yellow
adjective heart smooth blue
pronoun hexagon cross hatch white
preposition square horizontal grooves green
verb triangle vertical ridges like a quarter red
noun trapezoid horizontal wavy grooves orange
interjection pentagon single string of bumps (string of pearls) black


In the current version of all of the symbols, you’ll find a hole through the center of the shape instead of a loop handle, changes to the texture around the outside of several shapes to eliminate sharp edges, and improved braille.

The files for these learning blocks are available under CC By license from the original creators The Center for Literacy and Disability Studies More information can be found on their site about the use of these blocks.