Count the dots on the tail snake and pick an equal number to make the reptile grow!
Player 1: Find the brick on the base plate. It is the head of the snake
Player 1: Count the dots on the brick
Player 1: Pick an equal number of bricks from the box: ie 3 dots on the brick? Pick 3 bricks!
Player 1: Make the snake grow longer by attaching the bricks to its head. It can grow in all possible directions, but the last brick must be placed in the correct reading position.
Player 2: Find the tail of the snake
Player 2: Count the dots on the tail
Player 2: Pick an equal number of bricks from the box
Player 2: Make the snake grow longer by attaching the bricks to its tail, in all possible directions. Remember the last brick must be placed in the correct reading position.
Both players: Continue play until you can’t make the snake any longer.
How to prepare
1 base plate
Attach one brick at the top left corner of the base plate, in the correct reading position.
Make a snake with playdough: roll the clay into a rope. Explore the various possibilities of the snake's body position (coiled, straight, wavy, curvy…).
Add a tactile marker to the head (small ball of play dough, another brick to make a pile…), not to confuse it with the tail.
Take a bigger base plate or use several ones
Select bricks with a few dots and place them in a bowl
Can be played alone or with many players
Children will develop these holistic skills
- Stabilize knowledge of small numbers: Build a collection using counting
- Organize objects in play: Use a toy resembling a “real” object to represent that object
- Explore and discriminate to get information about the tactual properties of an object (by moving hands or by moving the object)
- Cooperate and share: Organize work in a group to develop a common task and/or collective production and make own skills and knowledge available to others
- Control motor skills and emotional commitment to succeed in simple actions
Did you know?
Guided play can lead to higher gains on literacy, numeracy, social skills and self-regulation skills than instruction or free play alone.
Pre-braille activity groups
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Learn how to position the bricks on the base plate and be aware that their orientation is important.
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