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Listen to the Dots

10 min2 participants

Vocal identification of the numbered dots on a braille brick for pattern reproduction in a braille cell egg carton.

Let's play!

Player 1

  1. Pick a brick from the bowl.

  2. Name the dots you can feel on the brick: e.g. “dot 1” and “dot 2”, “dot 3”.

  3. Attach the brick to the base plate.

Player 2

  1. Recreate the pattern of the dots by placing an egg in each dot’s spot in the egg carton.

How to prepare

  • 1 base plate

  • 3 bricks: “A”, “C”, “L”

  • 2 bowls

  • 1 carton for 6 eggs in portrait orientation, as a braille cell (e.g. 2 columns of 3 dots)

  • 6 eggs or other similar size objects

Place 3 bricks in one bowl.

Place 6 eggs in the other bowl.

Facilitation tips

  • Revise the dots positions in the braille cell to ensure knowledge of their number names. 

  • Confusion between dot’s position in the braille cell, how we represent numbers in braille and the number of dots in the constellation can be avoided by saying “dot 2” and not only “2”.

Possible variations

  • Use only letters with the first column of dots - a, b, k, l to learn dot 1, 2 and 3.

  • Choose letters with more studs like n, q, t…

Download & print

  • Download in .docx

Children will develop these holistic skills

cognitive skills

  • Use numbers to show a rank, a position: Build a suite identical to a proposed ordered suite

emotional skills

  • Control motor skills and emotional commitment to succeed in simple actions

physical skills

  • Improve auditory memory skills: Retain auditory information immediately
  • Improve auditory memory skills: Retain auditory information after a delay

creative skills

  • Organize objects in play

social skills

  • Plan and carry out routine or non-routine activities requiring multiple steps

Did you know?

  • Children can play with the constellation of dots even if they don't know how to count to 6 yet. We are not counting the dots, just giving them names, utilizing numbers.

  • Spatial skills allow us to imagine objects in our minds and rotate or manipulate them, and to navigate them.

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