Search the beach for braille bricks in a bin full of rice. Free play with spoons, cups and buried treasure.
Search the beach for 10 treasures buried in the sand.
Place each treasure, one at a time in the bowl.
Play on the beach with cups and spoons: filling, dumping, pouring and transferring.
Hide the treasures again for the next treasure hunter.
How to prepare
10 random bricks
1 large bin filled with sand, rice, semolina, …
Cups and spoons
Hide the 10 bricks in the bin.
Choose appropriate bin filler, without moisture: some textures are more attractive than others.
Offer gloves for those who may have touch aversion.
Ensure understanding of filling, dumping, pouring and transferring before the free play session.
Change the type or amount of filler material.
Change the number of treasures.
Add other types of bricks and/or objects and note only LEGO Braille Bricks are treasures.
Peer play: children share the bin and cooperate to find the treasures, or one hides, one finds…
Children will develop these holistic skills
- Recognize, classify and sort shapes in 3 dimensions
- Invent a variety of activities with one set of objects
- Locate objects by touch: Randomly find objects
- Locate objects by touch: Actively reach out to touch objects
- Locate objects by touch: intentionally search for an object
- Know the purpose of the activity
- Understand, respect and enforce rules and regulations
Did you know?
Many children with visual impairment have touch aversion, possible difficulty touching wet, damp, or greasy materials or materials that leave residue on their hands.
Playful experiences are worthwhile in early education because children find them highly engaging-driven by an inner curiosity and enthusiasm, they try harder, persist for longer and think more deeply.
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.