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Braille Matching Game: Supporting Braille Objectives

Reading braille cards

This braille matching game was created for additional practice with contractions that I was working on with a student.   

Bonus:

This is a game that can be sent home to be enjoyed and played together with the entire family.  

Materials: 

  • Wooden star pieces with a puffy paint dot at the top to show correct positioning 
  • Container with dividers (ex: ice cube tray, egg carton, fish tackle organizer, etc.) 
  • Braille labels to add to the wooden pieces 

Procedure: 

The contractions were specific to a book we were working on together.  

Cover of The Little Red Hen  Vocabulary with braille contractions

I added the words that were found in the story, that used the specific contractions I wanted to highlight, onto the wooden pieces.    For example, one of the words was "day".  I made two copies of the word "day" to add to the  wooden pieces.   I continued on like this for 7 pairs of words/contractions.  I added both print and braille, so that family members and peers (who may not know braille) could play the game as well.

Braille words on wooden stars

The student and I placed the wooden pieces randomly into the ice cube tray. 

Set up for braille game in ice cube tray

We took turns trying to find matches.  If we did not find a match we put the piece back into the original place. The person with the most matches at the end wins.  

Checking out the words in the ice cube tray

Tips:  

  • Make sure that everyone playing has a chance to know where the pieces were taken for each turn.  For example, if the teacher takes out a word, he/she needs to read it and allow the student to feel the location the piece was taken from.  
  • Keep the "ice cube tray'" in the same place throughout the game.  Do not turn or move it.  
  • The braille on the wooden pieces can be changed to fit a variety of learning objectives. For example: ABC's, single cell contractions, Matching words to the contractions in them, etc.

Braille matching collage

Comments

Great matching game!

Posted by Hillary @ Senso...

The ice cube tray is a great idea for keeping pieces in place for matching games! Love it!

The tray layout could also lend help to learning spatial concepts for math like graphing and arrays. Plus, they're cheap and easy to find.

Thanks for sharing!
-Hillary

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