Looks like our favorite childhood building blocks just became a bit more inclusive! Lego has released a series of braille Lego bricks in 7 countries (including the US and UK.) According to the official site, the inspiration for this new product line was heavily influenced by the scientific correlation between play and learning.
The scientific community has found increasing evidence that children are constantly learning, connecting and engaging with their surroundings through positive, playful experiences.
Children have natural-born skills and capabilities that enable them to become creative, engaged, lifelong learners. To fully flourish, these skills need to be nurtured, supported and developed as children grow.
Has anyone ever experimented with creating open-source or adapted versions of classic toys like Lego or Lincoln Logs for children with disabilities? Adding braille to tactile toys seems like a great way to improve access for those who are visually impaired. What other ways could we improve on our favorite toys? Comment below!