We all know that LEGO can help kids learn to build, but now it can also teach them to read Braille.
The famous toy brand is launching a new set of bricks designed to help visually impaired children learn the writing system through play.
The new ‘Braille Bricks’ will feature studs that match letters and numbers in the Braille alphabet.
Each set will have around 250 bricks in 5 colours that covers the full alphabet, numbers zero to nine, certain maths symbols and interactive games.
Writing on Facebook, the brand wrote of the launch:
‘We’re super excited to introduce LEGO Braille Bricks – a new product from LEGO Foundation that will help blind and visually impaired children learn Braille in a playful and inclusive way!’
We’re super excited to introduce LEGO Braille Bricks – a new product from LEGO Foundation that will help blind and visually impaired children learn Braille in a playful and inclusive way!
Posted by LEGO on Wednesday, 24 April 2019
The Braille bricks are currently being tested in Danish, Norwegian, English and Portuguese, while Spanish, French and German versions will be tried out later this year.
Once officially launched, the bricks will be distributed for free to institutions across countries where the testing is currently being carried out.
The news has been met with happiness from parents everywhere…
“What an incredible idea! LEGO has done an incredible job! It’s great” wrote Alla Yashkova Ustininenkova.
Others wondered when the product would be available for purchase and praised the new possibilities the launch would create.
To find out for yourself, the concept will officially launch in 2020… so watch this space.