Students place a piece of paper over the textured mat. I found an old woven plastic placemat. You could also use one of the flat grids from the craft store that people use for needlework. Students use a crayon or marker and copy their weekly vocabulary or word study list onto the paper. When they are finished, they show the words to someone else and see if that student can read the words. For a challenge, the student can close his eyes when writing the words and use the sense of touch to see if they can still write the words correctly.