Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Creating Braille Board Games

game board

Creating braille games is a great way to work on review when learning the braille code...or literary numbers or Nemeth code.  This particular one is for the Building on Patterns Curriculum Kindergarten level from APH (American Printing House for the Blind).

 

Materials: 

create your own board games

  • Board game kit
  • Spinner/dice
  • Brailleable Labels or Sheets
  • Brailler
  • Graphic Art Tape

I like to buy board game kits. This one I got at Big Lots for $1.99. The boards can be made out of file folders or whatever material you wish. I use graphic art tape to line the squares of the game.

 

 

velcro game board

If the student has no vision and is young, I will put Velcro in the squares and on the bottom of the game pieces to aid them in the play, as in the photo on the right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Procedure: 

  1. Any game piece will work.Key to board game
  2. If the contraction hasn't been learned, the student calls out the letter on the board that they are reading.
  3. If they know the contraction, they call out the contraction...or both depending on the lesson objective.
  4. If the student guesses incorrectly, they remain on the spot at least one more turn.
  5. A swing cell can also be used to aid the student in determining the braille symbol. If the symbol had not been learned yet (and, the, and for), the student gets a free pass on that one OR what I like to do is have the student figure out what the braille dots are.

Variations: 

braille spinner

I really liked this game kit as it contained the game board (Monopoly Game board quality) and the spinner. I also like to change things up and use braille dice as well. This gives the student the opportunity to experience different types of board games. I always include a print card of the braille to that the student can play when I'm not around with their sighted peers or their families.

 

 

 

 

creating braille board games

Common Core and Braille Standards

Kindergarten - Word Analysis, Fluency, and Systematic Vocabulary Development : 

K.1.5g State the number name (one through six) and the location (top left, middle left, and so forth) of each braille dot within a cell.
K.1.15 Read simple one-syllable and high-frequency words (i.e., sight words).
K.1.15a Read simple high-frequency words in uncontracted braille.
K.1.15b Read simple high-frequency words in contracted braille.

Comments

Games

Posted by Carol Brown

Board Games?

Posted by Linda Brown

Game Suggestions...

Posted by Caitlyn

Re: Game Suggestions...

Posted by Liz Eagan Satter

Posted on February 4, 2014
Updated on: February 7, 2018

Previous comments for Creating Braille Board Games

Liz Eagan Satter commented on April 21, 2014

Caitlyn, besides games I also do braille practice books (http://www.pathstoliteracy.org/strategies/braille-practice-books), braille flashcards (http://www.pathstoliteracy.org/strategies/braille-flashcards), and anything else that can pop into my brain. Writing a note home, a letter to a family member you can mail together, are a couple of things I've done as well. Whatever my student's interests/strengths lie is the direction I tend to go. Hope this helps? Welcome to the field! It truly is the best job in the world!

Caitlyn commented on April 20, 2014

So, board games work it sounds like. What else do you do in regards to enrichment activities? I mean, do you think card games work? I'm really new to this field and am struggling to figure out what works with struggling or beginning braille readers. Trying to motivate when the learning of the braille is so boring or tedious to them is frustratingly painful for us both.

Linda Brown commented on March 1, 2014

I never thought to use games as a reinforcer to learning braille! This site is awesome! Thanks for the share!

Carol Brown commented on February 7, 2014

I LOVE this idea! Games are a sure fire way to gain the student's attention. I like that you include a cheat sheet so the parents can participate too. Thank you!