When I was originally brainstorming for my Languages storytime, I wanted to incorporate as many languages as possible. While Braille isn’t classified as a language, but rather as a writing system (from my understanding), I still wanted to include it to talk to my kiddos about the different way people communicate.
To make this flannelboard, I used puffy paint to create the raised dots. I tried to use the same color puffy paint as I did for the matching felt number so that it was easier for the kiddos.
I passed out the numbers set and had the Braille set on the board. I asked if anyone had the number one and the child who did would (hopefully) come up and be able to run their hand over the Braille number one. And so forth. If I had had over ten kids at this storytime, I would have passed out all of the pieces. Then I would have asked the child with number one to come up and put it on the board. Then I would have asked if someone had a dot piece with hot pink paint. Both kids would then be able to touch the Braille piece for number one.
I used a posterboard set of numbers as my template for the numbers. Other than that, I freehanded black squares.
The kids were very excited to get to come up and pet the flannelboard (which is one of their favorite activities). And they did a great job matching the matches!