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Learning Through Play with LEGO® Braille Bricks

Lego Foundation via FutureLearn


Experience the benefits of play to engage children with learning braille

Children are engaged in learning from birth – tackling problem solving, communication, collaboration, and exploration from their earliest weeks.

An often-overlooked way that children learn is through play. On this course you’ll discover the principles of learning through play, and how to apply these when teaching pre-braille and braille, using LEGO Braille Bricks.

Apply a play-based method to teaching braille skills

You’ll explore how to foster a breadth of skills in all children, recognising the value of playful facilitation in learning.

You will also discover how the LEGO Braille Bricks concept can be used in inclusive education, allowing visually impaired children to interact with classmates in a fun and interactive way.

Reflect on how to experiment and collaborate with learning

You’ll be encouraged to share learning ideas with others, and collaboratively develop further LEGO Braille Brick activities.

Get playful tips and tricks from the LEGO Foundation’s pedagogy experts, and come away confidently able to create your own braille activities and lesson plans.

This course is primarily aimed at Teachers for the Visually Impaired (TVIs) as well as teachers, teaching assistants and other practitioners working with children who are visually impaired. Access to the LEGO Braille Bricks toolkit is an advantage, but not a prerequisite.

Access to the LEGO Braille Bricks toolkit is an advantage, but not a prerequisite. The toolkits are free of charge for TVIs, schools and institutions in the countries where the concept has been launched. Certain eligibility criteria apply. For more information, contact a local partner on


  • Learning Through Play
    • Welcome to the course
    • Introduce yourselves
    • Play Matters
    • Play Facilitation
    • Summary
  • LEGO Braille Bricks Concept
    • Introduction
    • Discover the toolkit
    • Discover the pedagogical concept
    • Summary
  • Pre-braille Intro - Manipulation
    • Welcome to Week 3
    • Activity "Save the Turtles"
    • Activity "Caterpillar to Butterfly"
    • Tips & Tricks
    • Summary
  • Pre-braille 2 - Orientation
    • Welcome to Week 4
    • Orientation - Activity 1 : "Apple Trees"
    • Orientation - Activity 2 : "Find the Crazy Duck"
    • Build a lesson plan
    • Tips & Tricks
    • Summary
  • Pre-braille 3 - Constellation
    • Welcome to Week 5
    • Tips & Tricks
    • Constellation - Activity 1 : "6-Car Parking Lot"
    • Constellation - Activity 2 : "Body Braille Twister"
    • Build a lesson plan
    • Summary
  • Braille Intro - Characters
    • Welcome to Week 6
    • Characters - Activity 1 : "Musical Letters"
    • Tips & Tricks
    • Characters - Activity 2: "The Bull Pen"
    • Build a lesson plan
    • Summary
  • Braille 2 - Literacy
    • Welcome to Week 7
    • Build a specific lesson plan
    • Literacy - Activity 1 : "Words and Space"
    • Literacy - Activity 2 : "Hidden Words"
    • Tips & Tricks
    • Summary
  • Braille 3 - Numeracy
    • Welcome to Week 8
    • Numeracy - Activity 1 : "Battle"
    • Numeracy - Activity 2 : "Perfect Ten"
    • Tips & Tricks
    • Build a long-term lesson plan
    • Summary

Taught by

Marie Oddoux


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  • Teresa Mulama
    I had a great time learning braille using legos. I finished the course much faster than I thought I would.

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