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Positional Concept Game

This game is designed to reinforce positional concepts on the page, including left/right, top/bottom, and center.

Back in 2014 I wrote a post called Positional Concept Activity for Pre-Braille.  I added to it this week by making it more of a game.

Setting Up the Game

To create the “board”, I put a strip of Velcro around the perimeter of an 8 and 1/2 by 11 inch piece of heavy paper or cardstock, along with a small piece of Velcro in the center. The Velcro is there to help hold the pieces once they put the object in place. Once they seem to have mastered the concepts, I try it on a page with no Velcro. 

Playing the Game

The student chooses a square block shape (one is big and the other is small…more concept building). There are cards with positions written on them, including top right, top left, bottom right, left, right, top, anywhere, bottom, middle, center, and bottom left.  I have not yet added braille or large print to the cards, but plan to do so.

Position cards
Position cards with different locations

In the beginning the student starts out by doing this alone with me turning the cards. Once they are more familiar with the activity, I will join in to work on our turn-taking skills as well. The “Anywhere” card is for the student to choose where to put their block…BUT they have to tell me location that they put the block. 

A student places a block at the bottom of the paper.
A student places a block at the bottom of the paper.
A student finds the Velcro in the center of the page.
A student finds the Velcro in the center of the page.

One student likes to try to use her vision, so I created a shelf to block her view.

Shelf blocking student's view of the page
Shelf blocking student’s view of the page

I created this data tracking sheet to track their progress.

Data tracking sheet of positional placement on a page.
Click above to download tracking sheet.

I am currently working on this activity with 3 students (Kindergarten, 1st grade and 7th grade). 

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