Water Turtle or Lizard
Search, find, discriminate and help animals return to their favorite homes.
Search the beach for 20 animals hidden in the sand. LEGO Braille Bricks are lizards, other bricks are water turtles
Find a lizard? Attach it to its favorite home: the base plate
Find a water turtle? Release it in the ocean, its favorite home
Encourage the animals to tell us about their homes!
How to prepare
1 base plate
1 bowl full of water
1 large bin or box full of sand
10 random LEGO Braille Bricks
10 LEGO classic bricks or DUPLO bricks
Hide the 20 bricks in the sand.
Find and encourage discussion about turtles and lizard, animal characteristics, and living environment…
Provide a tangible example of the animals (plastic, stuffed animals, figurines…)
Place animals in a bowl without sand to avoid exploration for “tactile defensive” players.
Offer choice to attach lizard: to a disc of playdough, or another surface...
Change the number of bricks, or the distribution among the animals
Use other objects for the turtles, for easier discrimination (balls, marbles, cubes…)
Change the size and shape of the turtles (mix classic bricks or DUPLO of different shapes)
Play with peers, taking turns
Children will develop these holistic skills
- Recognize, classify and sort shapes in 3 dimensions
- Retell or create simple stories
- Compare - discover similarities, differences, and preferences: sort and match
- Control motor skills and emotional commitment to succeed in simple actions
- Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates
Did you know?
Through this fun activity, children share new sensory experiences, learn to explore, manipulate, imagine, sort... while having fun!
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.