Build a Word

By Activity Bank on Jul 30, 2013

This activity has been revised and was originally created by Mary Jane Clark and published in the Perkins Activity and Resource Guide (1st edition, 1992).  The second edition is available for purchase.

This interactive activity works on letter identification and the ways that they can be used to form words. Lessons include English Language Arts and Social Skills.


  • One-inch square wooden tiles (or use heavy cardboard cut into one-inch squares)
  • Braille DYMO® tape labeler


  • Attach a braille letter to each one-inch square wooden tile. Make several sets of the alphabet.
  • Place all the tiles in a box. Have the student reach into the box, remove and identify the letter.
  • Using that letter, build a word for the student such as “ball.”
  • Have the student read each letter and sound out the word.
  • Next, remove the first letter and replace it with a new letter, e.g. “c.”
  • Have the student read and identify the new word.
  • Allow the student to select letters and make new words.


  • May be played as a game for two or more. Place the letters in a box. Each student draws six letters from the box. The first student to make a word with the letters gets a point.
  • Play Scrabble®, the braille edition.


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