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Jumping Bean Game

This Jumping Bean Game is a fun way to practice braille skills and can be used to fit a range of student needs and skill areas.

I work with a first-grade student who is learning braille.  We use the jumping bean game as a warm up activity or review. I use my assessment data to determine which cards/words need to be reviewed and am intentional in which cards are used each time we play.  I have been using a form of this game over the last 20 years with young children and there are many versions on the internet.  

  • Cards with letters in large print and/or braille (depending on student need)
  • Cards with jumping bean bold outline or raised outline
  • Container for cards
  • Swing cell
 
  • The student selects a card and reads the letter or word from the card. 
  • The student then makes that braille contraction on the swing cell. 
  • If the student draws a jumping bean card, then the student jumps a specified number of times. 
  • I ask the student to name a number between 1 and 10, and that is the number of jumps to do.  

Three cards: Jumping bean card, and print & braille cards for the letters u and o

  • This activity can easily be adjusted to fit student need. 
  • Cards can be made to review numbers, shapes, words, punctuation, etc. 
  • The container used to store the cards can fit a theme or a season.
  • Other ways to change things up are counting backwards or varying the jumps the child does, such as jump on one foot or do jumping jacks. 
  • This activity can easily be done with braille and print readers. 
  • If doing the activity with a group of children, the whole group can jump when a jumping bean is drawn or just the child who draws the card.

Fall theme jumping bean game with pumpkins

 

Fall theme jumping bean game with pumpkins

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