One of the most motivating first experiences with braille can be your child learning his or her own own name. Madilyn learned to write her name before she learned to read it. Before either of those however, she learned to spell it out loud. For her, controlling her fingers and hands to read across an intricate line of tiny bumps was a struggle.

When she first began learning to read (we started at age 3), we put her name in braille all over our home. We put labels on her toys that she played with each day and a large plaque in her room beside her door. Even if she didn’t stop to really read it, she was reminded it was there! You can use this name game for braille readers to encourage your children or students to learn their name in braille.

The great thing I found about making our home accessible is that I could do it myself! Schools aren’t always great at this unfortunately, but remember that you are your child’s greatest advocate! When Madilyn entered Kindergarten, we actually had to fight with the school she attended to make them put her name in braille on her cubby when all the other kids had their’s in print. Can you believe that?!

So, if you’re looking for a fun activity that you can do at home, pre-k or school, try our “That’s My Name!” Game. If your child’s not ready to complete it on her own, then take a few minutes each day and practice together. Madilyn thrives on interaction and it increases her interest dramatically! Set a time each afternoon to play together and keep the game handy where you can get it out quickly.

Play the game with your child or student, then let us know how it goes! Share your pic using #BrailleNameGame on Twitter!

name plaque with flowers and butterflies

That’s My Name! Activity

All you need to do is download the free PDF, print it out on cardstock or braille paper, then add your own braille! You can use a braille labeler, Perkins Brailler, or even tactile paint. If you want to make it last longer, try laminating the paper after you print it if you’re not going to be adding tactile paint. (The kind I use seems to easily peel off the laminated paper!)

You can also download an editable version of the file, download the Apple Pages Document so you can make one just like the photo below! Be sure to download and install our free Sensory Sun Braille Font, too! Think about preparing all the letters to practice family and classmates’ names as well. It’s lots of fun!

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