Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Adapting What's Gnu for Beginning Braille Readers

Braillewriter and What's Gnu game

I recently adapted this What's Gnu? game, which I found at Goodwill for two dollars.  (It can be found on Amazon or other locations as well.) 

What's Gnu? cover

It's a great word-building game that is perfect for both my boys (ages 9 and 6).  The goal is to make three-letter words, and it's a fun way to work on spelling skills. 

Making three-letter wordsLetter tile "e" with braille

We made up our own rules for now to simplify things a bit.  They each get their two tiles from the "green tile machine" and I give them a card with which they could make a word with the tiles they have.  They are getting pretty good at that, so soon I plan on giving them three cards they can choose from to make a word.  After they master that, we can add more cards, etc.

Two brothers playing What's Gnu? Deafblind braille reader playing "What's Gnu?"

This is a wonderful word game that is easy to modify for a variety of abilities!


  • I added braille labels to the letter tiles
  • I added braille letter labels to the cards as well. 
  • I also added white garage sale stickers for the "blank" spaces on the card, so Liam could feel where the blanks were.


Collage of What's Gnu

Posted on March 15, 2019
Updated on: March 27, 2019