Body Braille Twister
Learn the constellation of dots in a braille cell through the use of gross motor skills, in a physical activity.
Pick a brick from the bowl and place it on the base plate.
Feel the dots on the brick and their pattern: we call this the constellation of dots.
Copy the constellation of dots by touching the corresponding discs on the floor with different parts of your body (e.g. hands, feet, elbow etc.).
How to prepare
1 base plate
5 different bricks
6 different textured discs (minimum 8-inch diameter)
Arrange the 6 discs on the floor, like a braille cell and tape them.
Place the bricks in the bowl.
Try some preliminary exercises playing with the braille cell:
- Can you place a hand on dot 5?
- Can you place a foot on dot 3?
- Can you place your head on dot 4?
- Can you place a knee on dot 6?
- Can you tell me which dot my hand is on?
- Can you put two hands in different dots? ...
Ask “What parts of your body can you use to make the constellation?”
The discs can be made out of different material and are preferable to tiles because their shape reminds us of round braille dots.
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”.
Change number of studs on bricks.
Peer play: one child is in charge of dots 1, 2, 3 the other dots 4, 5, 6; use several cells, …
Children will develop these holistic skills
- Use numbers to show a rank, a position
- Recognize body parts
- Develop motor skills and build body language
- Coordinate several motor skills in one activity
Did you know?
Physical engagement using one's body in learning, helps to better integrate concepts, especially those related to space.
Inherently joyful and iterative nature of playful activities appears to fuel and boost children’s engagement and learning.
Pre-braille activity groups
Discover and get used to the bricks, learn how to handle, assemble and put them on the base plate.
Learn how to position the bricks on the base plate and be aware that their orientation is important.
Discover the braille cell and how studs are arranged in two columns. Learn how to differentiate the studs.