Everything You Need To Know About LEGO Braille Bricks

Since 2020, LEGO Braille Brick educational kits have been available through the LEGO Foundation to organizations specializing in the education of children with vision impairment. We are pleased to share the new LEGO Play with Braille set is now available to buy through LEGO.com so families can enjoy the benefits of and practice their tactile skills at home.

The LEGO Foundation received overwhelmingly positive feedback highlighting how LEGO Braille Bricks has transformed the way blind and partially sighted children play and learn in an inclusive way. This feedback from parents, children, educators and charitable organizations has led to the creation of the new LEGO Play with Braille set. 

Learning Braille from an Early Age

Just as with sighted children, children with vision impairments are more likely to be successful if they are exposed directly to the joys of reading from an early age. LEGO Braille Bricks enables family members to experience and learn braille together in a playful way and help visually impaired children develop crucial, life-long literacy skills.

“For blind and partially sighted children, and adults for that matter, it makes all the difference if they can share their journey of learning braille with the people they love the most,” said Martine Abel-Williamson, president of the World Blind Union. “For the blind community, braille is not just literacy, it’s our entry to independence and inclusion into this world, and to have LEGO Braille Bricks made available for the wider public is a massive step forward to ensuring more children will want to learn braille in the first place. And because it’s based on a product that so many families already know and love, this is really an invitation for all family members to have fun building tactile skills and getting familiar with braille using the same tool.”

About the LEGO® Braille Bricks Set

Aimed at kids aged 6+, the LEGO Play with Braille set includes bricks in five colors: white, yellow, green, red, and blue. These bricks are also fully compatible with all other LEGO products.

Each brick has studs arranged to correspond to numbers and letters in the braille system with the printed version of the symbol or letter situated below the studs. The set also includes two baseplates to build on and comes in packaging with braille embossing.

Children with vision impairment can practice their tactile skills while offering a fun way to incorporate braille learning into everyday family play. 

Rasmus Løgstrup, LEGO Group Lead Designer on LEGO Braille Bricks said: 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!

It’s been a fantastic journey collaborating with children, families and experts from around the world to develop the product and activity packs. Our partners have been instrumental also in advising on what colourways should be used for the bricks, product packaging and digital experiences to ensure this is optimised for individuals who experience low vision and vision loss. We know this is a strong platform for social inclusion, and can’t wait to see families get creative and have fun playing with braille together.”

Getting Started with LEGO® Braille Bricks

To enhance the play experience and support pre-braille skill development, we’ve curated a series of supporting play starters here. Each activity is designed to help teach players how to orient, attach and stack bricks through well-loved games such as Hand of the Giant – a fun 2-player storytelling game. The whole family can get involved and learn braille together.

New LEGO® Audio & Braille Building Instructions Coming in 2024

We’re also pleased to share that LEGO® Audio & Braille building instructions will be a new permanent offering starting in early 2024. This experience will give builders the option of having more LEGO building instructions available as audio or text for braille readers!

Start your journey with Braille

The new LEGO® Play with Braille set is available to buy on LEGO.com in English and French languages. In early 2024, the set will also be available in Italian, German and Spanish languages.