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Below are strategies posts related to Braille.



An embossed 6 by 7 grid with tactile stickers in the shape of stars and happy faces placed on the grid as game pieces.

Four in a Row Adaptation for Tactile Learners

This tactile version of the classic Four in a Row game, or Connect 4, makes it easier for our tactile learners to orient themselves to the ever changing game board.
Blue binder open with a page that says: my first tracking book

My First Tracking Book

As a first year preschool teacher one of my first questions was: how can I help my students with a visual impairment develop pre-braille skills? The simple answer, help them develop tracking skills.
Stuffed gruffalo with braillewriter in background

Interactive Read-Aloud and Story Box of The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

Interactive read-alouds, combined with a story box, make books accessible for all students. Using the Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson is a fun way to combine learning and play.
Child playing Sudoku

Braille Sudoku

Sudoku is a great way to work on problem solving, tactile discrimination, and self-determination skills. Braille Sudoku makes the game accessible to players who are blind or visually impaired.
Wood blocks spelling the word "rag"

Phonetic Reading Blocks with Braille Labels

These Montessori Phonetic Reading Blocks can easily be adapted by adding braille labels for students who are blind or visually impaired to practice making CVC (Consonant-Vowel-Consonant) words.
Braille design of a duck

Braille Design of a Duck

Braille Drawings are a great way to practice braille skills and a fun opportunity to strengthen braille literacy!
page with hearts and braille in PIAF machine

Tactile Valentine's Stickers

Make tactile and visual Valentine's stickers for a class!
Story box objects for the Snow book

Snow Much Fun Braille Lesson – Featuring the “ow” Contraction!

This series of lessons uses the theme of snow to work on the "ow" braille contraction, while developing fine motor skills and basic concepts.
Braille snowman

Snowman Braille Design

This tactile graphic of a snowman can be created following our step-by-step directions or by downloading and embossing the .brf file.
Hand on paper with braille with purple ruler at top of paper

Braille Letter Search Sheets

These braille letter search sheets can be downloaded and embossed to give students practice identifying braille letters. This can be especially helpful with braille reversals and reinforcing skills.
Braille design of Max the Reindeer

Max the Reindeer Braille Design

Max the Reindeer is our latest braille drawing to promote braille literacy with students who are blind or visually impaired.
Design of braille snowflake

Braille Snowflake

Download this brf file of a braille snowflake design and emboss it for your braille students, friends, and family members. This is a festive braille drawing for winter, Christmas, or Hanukkah.
Roll-a-Jack-o-Lantern game

Roll a Jack-O-Lantern: Braille Halloween Game

This Roll a Jack-O-Lantern Halloween game is a fun holiday activity for braille readers!
Braille design of witch with a broomstick

Braille Design of Halloween Witch

Braille users will love this braille drawing of a scary Halloween witch!
Student examining braille flashcards

Concept Flashcards: Tactile Images and Braille Labels

These concept cards can be used to match the real object to the tactile image and braille label or to sort into categories with students who are blind or visually impaired.
Braille design of apple

Apple Braille Design

Make your own braille drawing of an apple following these step-by-step instructions.
Screenshot of audio version of braille designs

Audio Recordings of Braille Patterns

Braille readers will enjoy being able to independently create braille drawings following the audio recordings of these braille designs.
Placing braille label under matching word

Tactile Signage Activity for Dual Media Student

In this activity, dual media students match braille labels to the print text on signs.
Braille design of slice of birthday cake

Braille Design: Piece of Birthday Cake

Make your own braille drawing of a slice of birthday cake, following these steps.
Perkins braille with paper loaded

Loading and Removing Paper from the Perkins Brailler: Video Demonstration

This video demonstration teaches parts of the brailler, and shows step-by-step how to load and remove paper from a Perkins braillewriter.

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