Tic Tac Toe
Play with awake and sleeping bricks, to win a game of 3 in a row.
Player 1: Place an “AWAKE - correct reading position” brick in one of the 9 squares
Player 2: Place a “SLEEPING” brick in one of the 9 squares
Both players : Continue playing, until one player WINS by getting 3 bricks in a row (up, down, across, or diagonally)
Both players: If all 9 squares are full, without 3 in a row, the game is over. It is a tie.
How to prepare
1 base plate
10 random bricks
Divide the base plate into 9 squares to create a Tic Tac Toe grid (3x3 squares). Grid can be made using flat or thin LEGO bricks, ropes of playdough, large rubber bands… Place 10 random bricks in the bowl.
Preliminary exercise: explain the difference between “sleeping” and “awake bricks”
Try this activity on a raised paper
Explain the concept of directions: up, down, across, diagonally
Making a grid that does not merge with the bricks of the game is important so that there is no interference during tactile exploration.
Increase the size of the board to 4-by-4 (4 in a row), 5-by-5, or even up to a 20-by-20 grid.
Change the size of the squares, and/or base plate
Use another kind/shape of LEGO bricks for player 2
Children will develop these holistic skills
- Solve problems: Engage in an approach, observe, question, manipulate, experiment, make hypotheses, by utilizing familiar mathematical tools or procedure
- Follow courteous behavior: Interrupt a speaker in a socially acceptable manner when necessary
- Put into words procedures in peer-to-peer exchanges
- Discover the “spatial organisation of a page”: Take reference points in the page
- Engage in game, pretend play activities, verbal play with peers
Did you know?
Cognitive skills - concentration, problem solving, and flexible thinking by learning to tackle complex tasks and building effective strategies to identify solutions.
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.