Braille Bricks is an awesome new way to help blind children learn to read while playing. These LEGO-style bricks are from The Braille Brick Project, which was co-founded by the Dorina Nowill Foundation for the Blind.
Each Braille Brick uses the pegs on top to create a letter in braille. Kids can build with them like normal blocks, or they can place them together to form words, or maybe even a mixture of the two. Not only does this help children learn to read, but it also helps enhance fine motor skills and imaginative play.
So far there has only been enough of these bricks produced for about 300 students, however, another great thing about these epic blocks is there is a license in place that allows the design to be absolutely free to share. Hopefully this will make it easier for organizations and schools around the world to have access to these fun little tools.
As someone who has worked in childcare off and on for about ten years, I am absolutely stoked about this amazing new toy. LEGO type blocks are a universal language with children. Imagination doesn’t discriminate. These Braille Bricks will help bring kids together from all walks of life. Blind and sighted children can play together and create beautiful things, all while learning! You can check out a heartwarming, and inspiring video below about the bricks.