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Adapting Clue Jr. for Children with Vision Impairments

Tips to adapt the board game of Clue Jr. for children who are blind or low vision.

I have adapted another game for children with vision impairments:  Clue Jr., The Case of the Missing Cake. This game teaches problem solving, deductive reasoning, and critical thinking. 

  • 1 Clue Jr .game
  • Adapted game sheets (6 total) 
  • Markers for the game sheet (I used buttons, but any kind of marker will do.) 
  • Velcro or some other adhesive for pieces and board. 
  • Hot glue 
  • Braille writer and clear labeling paper
  • Tactile shapes 
  • Number stickers

Clue Jr: case of the missing cake. The image is the game set up with the character and furniture pieces on the board.

  1. Using Excel, I created a large print game sheet to record game clues. Each sheet was laminated for durablility. If a child has issues with glare, make sure sources of glare are reduced. Each page also has braille.  Download the game sheet.

Clue Jr. Game Sheet

  1. Put Velcro on the game sheet and the markers with hot glue or other adhesive. 

Close-up of Velcro on board

  1. Label the board: each room has a number (1-9), and each character starting place has a unique tactile shape. Tactile arrows and hot glue mark the different paths. Velcro on the board helps the pieces stay where they are. 
  2. Each room has a piece of furniture in it. On the pieces are room numbers so players know where each item is placed. 
  3. Yellow pieces have a braille letter on the bottom for the drink taken with the cake. On the top is the letter “y” so it is distinguished from the white pieces.
  4. White pieces have a braille “w” on them, as well as the time when the cake was eaten. 
  5. Character and furniture pieces have both a room number, the first letter of the item, and the charcter’s unique symbol. 

Character piece with letter    Desk marked with print and braille number 6.

  1. Two pieces are left without anything on them. These are put in the center of the board. 

 

  1. Play with dual learners. 
  2. Use high contrast game sheets with students with low vision.
  3. If a child has issues with glare, make sure sources of glare are reduced. 
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