Lucky Dip activity to support Braille/Print, initial letter sounds/contractions

This Lucky Dip activity is versatile and can be used and amended to support the development and understanding of textures, shapes, objects, sound, smell, initial letter sounds, objects, concepts. It is very easy to make and can be made with things from around the house/setting, you don’t need to buy any specialist items! A cheap and cheerful activity that the whole family/group can join in with.

Lucky Dip Box
You will need:

  • Box covered in wrapping or textured paper, labelled ‘Lucky Dip’
  • Polystrene shapes, or packing materials to fill box with
  • Objects to place in the Lucky Dip Box
  • A shallow tray
  • Velcro
  • Gripping stuff – laid in base of tray
  • 6 plastic CD circles (from ends of CD pack) or cut out cardboard circles, positioned/stuck down on the tray with a piece of gripping stuff cut out and placed in the middle of each
  • Set of Braille/print labels with Velcro attached to back of each, positioned on each circle on the tray, using Velcro. You will only need the labels if you are using the activity to match word to object.


  • A simple fun game of ‘Lucky Dip’ the child puts their hand in the box and rummages around until they find an object, pulling it out of the box as they do.

Child reads each Braille label positioned on the tray and on finding the one that matches the object, places the object on the middle of the circle.
Object tray for lucky dip activity

Or, child picks and object from the Lucky Dip and feels the texture/shape/object/listens to the sound and then finds the matching item on the tray.

Objects may focus on an initial letter sound or on using a specific contraction being taught e.g. paint, pin, tin, sheet, shape, shell.

Variation: Child could Braille the labels to add to the circles as they find the objects from the box.

The child could place find 6 objects in the box, write labels on the Braille Writer and ask a friend to play the game.

There could be 5 objects using one particular contraction and one object which doesn’t carry any contractions – the child picking out the odd one out.


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