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How was the LEGO Braille Bricks concept developed?

Discover the five lists of skills, selected from two types of curriculum - academic and specific.
Know where to find them and how to use them

Children have natural-born skills and capabilities enabling creativity, engagement and lifelong learning.

Nourishment, support and development of these skills helps children as they grow. All children, regardless of their situation, can benefit by learning through play.

LEGO Braille Bricks activities simultaneously develop academic skills, commonly used at school as well as specific visual impairment skills for blind children. Both are essential to deeply understand concepts and nurture a breadth of skills.

LEGO Braille Bricks pedagogical concept contains a selection of 124 skills.

How were they chosen?

Research has taken place in many countries; it consists of reading and analysing school curricula, as well as those specific to visual impairment. Since the pedagogical approaches were very different from one country to another, a decision was made to select a common selection criterion: could all the skills be achieved by using LEGO Braille Bricks as a tool?

The second research phase involved an international group of experts in the field of visual impairment.

Each professional provided opinions about the selected skills. For example: were they relevant in their country? Any additions? Any omissions? Any other suggestions?

At the end of this process, 124 academic and vision-specific skills were selected, divided into the five categories of holistic skills (cognitive, physical, social, emotional, creative).

drawing of five categories of skills

The final 124 skills selected are developed in the pre-braille and braille activities.

Every activity sheet includes clickable icons allowing practitioners to access the associated list of holistic skills.

image of an activity sheet

Find the lists of skills at https://www.legobraillebricks.com/learningthroughplay

Download in .docx format in order to manipulate according to your needs. Transformed into a table, it will be easy to check and identify acquired skills, using a color code or noting the date.

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Learning through Play with LEGO® Braille Bricks

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