Make the River Flow
Explore tactile properties of a brick for orientation. Plan alignment and assemble bricks to create a flowing river.
Explore the base plate to find the source of the braille brick river.
Add more bricks to make the river flow smoothly along the bottom of the base plate: the flat spaces at the bottom of the bricks are the water.
Make the river flow as far as you can.
Ride the water with your finger from the source to make sure the river is smooth and calm.
How to prepare
1 base plate
16 letter bricks, a mix of “H”, “G” and “J”.
Place a brick in reading position, in the bottom left corner of the base plate.
Encourage and demonstrate tactile exploration of the brick. Identify the flat space as the bottom of the brick and explain braille brick orientation: space at the bottom, studs on top!
Ask “Where does the river flow?”, “What could the studs be above the water?”.
Change the number of starting bricks.
Choose other letters: bricks with dot 3 and dot 6 increase the width of the water; bricks “C” and “A” create a river with more water.
Create several rivers.
Children will develop these holistic skills
- Learn how to track with fingers: a line of dots from left to right
- Reproduce, assemble, organize, link graphic patterns and then create new ones
- Explore and discriminate to get information about the tactual properties of an object (by moving hands or by moving the object)
- Control motor skills and emotional commitment to succeed in simple actions
- Plan and carry out routine or non-routine activities requiring multiple steps
Did you know?
Spatial skills allow us to imagine objects in our minds and rotate or manipulate them, and to navigate them.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reflect the growing consensus among education experts of the need for education to be of high quality and to foster learner’s holistic development.
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.