Find Upside Down
Compare different braille shapes through tactile exploration. Find the upside-down brick to place it right side up.
Explore the base plate.
Find the upside-down brick.
Replace the brick right side up.
How to prepare
1 base plate
7 “A” bricks or more
Make a horizontal line of at least 7 “A” bricks, leaving a space between each of them.
Place all bricks, except one, in correct reading position.
Explain that a character is always printed in the flat space on the bottom of each brick. Help the child identify this space on the brick. This is how you know the correct orientation of the brick.
Ask the child to help you make this activity more fun.
Start with only 3 bricks.
Use other bricks, with more studs; start with the first series from “A” to “J”.
Make several lines.
Arrange bricks without spaces in between.
Place more than one brick upside-down.
Add a bowl with 7 letters “G”; ask the child to use the bricks in the bowl to make a line with one brick upside down.
Children will develop these holistic skills
- Control motor skills and emotional commitment to succeed in simple actions
- Develop tactile identification: Same/different braille shapes
- Anticipate potential problems, identify steps for resolution including alternative solutions
- Explore and discriminate to get information about the tactual properties of an object (by moving hands or by moving the object)
- Reproduce, assemble, organize, link graphic patterns and then create new ones
Did you know?
The braille alphabet is based on decades. The first one, from A to J, requires only the first 2 rows of dots on a braille cell: 1,2,4 and 5. This is the foundation upon which the other decades are built.
Integrated teaching and learning approaches are combining child-directed learning, (making choices about the content and process of learning), teacher-guided learning (providing scaffolded learning at appropriate points), and teacher-directed learning (providing initial framing and explicit instructions when needed).
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.