Listen to the Dots
Pick a brick from the bowl.
Name the dots you can feel on the brick: e.g. “dot 1” and “dot 2”, “dot 3”.
Attach the brick to the base plate.
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”
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.
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”.
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…
Children will develop these holistic skills
- Use numbers to show a rank, a position: Build a suite identical to a proposed ordered suite
- Control motor skills and emotional commitment to succeed in simple actions
- Improve auditory memory skills: Retain auditory information immediately
- Improve auditory memory skills: Retain auditory information after a delay
- Organize objects in play
- 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.
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.