Play with braille VOWELS
"An angry elephant in orange underpants (yelling) : A, E, I, O, U, Y!" How well do your students know their vowels? Bridget Thompson, a curriculum resources officer from UK has designed a fun game to learn and use the vowels.
Written by Bridget Thompson
Oct. 27. 2023
The LEGO Braille Bricks concept is a play-based methodology for teaching braille to blind and partially-sighted children.
Unlike an ordinary LEGO brick, the studs correspond to the numbers and letters of the braille alphabet. Don't forget that this game allows sighted and blind children to play together, as the letter is also printed in black on each brick.
How to play the game
First, you need two dice: a classic number dice and a letter dice. Make the letter dice by covering each side of the dice with the six braille/print vowels.
Taking in turns, roll the letter dice. The letter it lands on must be included in the word being made.
Roll the number dice to see how many letters need to be included in the word.
For example, with an A and a 3, Aïza has written DAD and her friend has written DAY.
Tips for adapting the game to different students or situations
You can limit the number of letters by altering the dice accordingly.
This activity also work as a game between two people - who can make the most or the longest word with the chosen vowel?
To encourage motivation, I asked the child to be my "tester" of the activity, and told her she would then be able to teach others.
To go further (or easier!)
If you need an easier game to begin with letters, try this activity, Vowel and Consonant Towers.
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