Separate the Bricks
Develop ambidextrous fine motor skills with simple handling exercise, separating bricks and how they connect.
Pick a pair of bricks.
Separate them by pulling them apart.
Place them in the other bowl.
How to prepare
10 random bricks
Assemble 5 piles of 2 bricks and place them in one bowl.
Ask “How did you separate the bricks?”, “Show me where you can feel the separation line between the bricks”.
If the child is struggling, place their hands on yours while you separate 2 bricks, to feel your movements.
Suggest to create a story to make this activity more fun.
Increase the number of connected bricks: more pairs or more than 2 bricks in the same pile.
Utilize only one bowl: the child will have to search in one bowl for pairs among individual bricks.
Use a timer: e.g., set a timer and see how many bricks the child can separate in 1 minute.
Peer play: everyone has an empty bowl in front of them. The child has to try to win as many individual bricks as possible by taking pairs from the shared bowl, separating them and filling their own bowl.
Children will develop these holistic skills
- Develop motor skills and build body language: Acquire specific techniques to improve efficiency
- Control motor skills and emotional commitment to succeed in simple actions
- Recognize size concepts and relationships
- Engage in solitary play activities for an ability appropriate amount of time
- Comply with directions and limits from adults
Did you know?
Separation of the bricks is easier to accomplish than assembly. A block to block fit is required for assembly; specific coordinated hand movements manipulate and adjust and finally lock the bricks together. Separation requires a simpler motor activity, holding bricks and spreading hands apart.
Play gives children opportunity to develop skills, to learn, to solve problems and grow healthy relationships.
For young children to progress, educators need to start where they are and challenge them to go further. No single practice can do this, but a spectrum of engaging practices can.
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.