Braille Lego bricks for Royal Blind School pupils

Posted: 10/02/2020 | Education

The Royal Blind School was chosen by the LEGO Foundation to try out the first braille Lego bricks in the world.

Lego have created a new braille version of its famous bricks which have been made especially for young people who have a vision impairment.

Each coloured block features a braille letter made from the familiar Lego circular studs, as well as a printed letter. Also included are numbers and some maths symbols. The bricks have been handmade but will go into mass production around the world this year 

Royal Blind School pupils have been using the blocks since October.

Aiden, 14, said:  “I can spell D….A….D, with these bricks straight away.”

This moment demonstrates why these colourful bricks might be so useful for children who can use braille.

Pam Young, teacher at the Royal Blind School, said the brick design means they can be used by both sighted and vision impaired children playing side by side.

“When children are learning to read braille, it’s a complete mystery to the sighted kids who are alongside them,” she said.

“And it looks so difficult, that it’s almost impossible for those children to understand what it is that they’re doing.

“I think this is a bit of an opportunity for the children and their sighted peers to learn a little bit about braille in a fun way. Now they can play together.”

Nine-year-old Bo really enjoyed using the bricks: “I’m impressed with how they managed to put the braille dots on them,” he said.

“At first it was difficult to work out the dots but within a few minutes I could work out how to put the whole alphabet in order.

“I want to ask the people at Lego how they made them,” Bo said.

“But can you please tell them that they are magical?”