Lego has announced that it’s launching a set of braille bricks, aimed at helping people get know the touch-based language system. The set, Lego Braille Bricks, is available to pre-order now and could be a valuable educational tool.
That’s not to say it’s solely for education. It’s also been designed to foster inclusive play and the bricks can be used to construct Lego models. Honestly, it’s such an obvious use of Lego. Remove a few of the studs from a Lego piece and you’ve got a letter in the braille alphabet.
And that’s precisely how the set works. It contains 250 bricks in five colours: white, yellow, green, red and blue, each corresponding to a letter. There are also two grey baseplates included and a chart showing which letter each block represents.
This isn’t the first time these bricks have been available. The company has previously donated it to various organisations, in particular those which support the blind or partially sighted. But this is the first time that private individuals will be able to get their hands on it.
“Play has the power to change lives; when children play, they learn vital life-long skills, so we were thrilled by the reception that LEGO Braille Bricks received in educational settings. We’ve been inundated with thousands of requests to make them more widely available, so we just knew we had to make it happen!” said Lego Braille Bricks lead designer Rasmus Løgstrup.
The set is available to pre-order right now from the official Lego store. They’re priced at £79.99 and will ship from September 1st.