This braille matching game was created for additional practice with contractions that I was working on with a student.
This is a game that can be sent home to be enjoyed and played together with the entire family.
- 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
The contractions were specific to a book we were working on together.
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.
The student and I placed the wooden pieces randomly into the 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.
- 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.