Scrabble for Blind People




Introduction: Scrabble for Blind People

We have created a scrabble Board for blind people. We got this idea by the mobile phone game Wordfeud.
One of us has a friend who is blind, who couldn't play that game but though he was curious about how it is played. That's why we have created a game for blind people.

Step 1: Materials

To make this scrabble board you need:

- foamboard 51cm by 51cm as board
- foamboard 25cm by 25cm for letters (2,5cm by 2,5cm)
- instant adhesives
- two different sizes of beads
- tweezers
- iron rods Ø1mm (32 rods)
- black and blue marker
- wood shelfs ( 2x 51cm long, 2x 53cm long)
- piece of wood ( 2cm by 2cm) for the exact place of the braille
- stanley knife
- ruler
- cutting pliers
- round nose pliers

Step 2: Foamboard Itself

On the board (51cm by 51cm) the holes for the iron rods must be created. You start at 1.5 cm from the side and then a hole every 3 cm. When you're finished there are 16 holes on each side.

Then you make all 32 iron rods 50cm long. Each end of a rod has to be bend 90 degrees. Then you put the ends of the rods in the holes. When all the iron rods are in the right position, you can put a little bit of the instant adhesives between the crossings. This will make the iron robs more stable, so the blind person can feel where to put the letters.

Step 3: The Letters

Of the other foamboard you cut the letters. Each letter block is 2,5 by 2,5cm. First you draw the lines and then you cut them into pieces with the stanley knife. With a black marker, the letters are wrtitten on the blocks.

Letter         Points       Number
A                     1                6  
B                     3                2
C                     5                2
D                    1                 5
E                    1                 18
F                     4                 2
G                    3                 3
H                    4                 2
I                      1                 4
J                     4                  2
K                    3                  3
L                     3                 3
M                    3                 3
N                    1                10
O                    1                 6
P                    3                  2
Q                  10                 1
R                   2                  5
S                   2                   5
T                    2                  5
U                   4                  3
V                    4                  2
W                  5                   2
X                    8                  1
Y                    8                  1
Z                    4                  2
Blanco         0                   2

Step 4: Braille

First you make a mold of wood. The mold is made as large as a letter. In the mold there are 6 holes, so that each letter has the same distance between the beads. With a pencil you make dots where the beads have to come.

With the largest beads you make the Braille on the letters, with the smaller beads you indicate how many points that letter is worth. Those little beads are on the bottom of each letter.

You need 295 big beads and 225 little beads.

Step 5: Scrabble Board.

On the diagonals of the board are the black and blue colored squares.

Blue squares stands for double letter points, black squares stands for double word points.

The center of the board is indicated with a black cross and on the top and bottom side there are small beads for the blind people.

You write down the name of your game and then you´re finished!

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    Very good job!

    But I guess it would be easier to use square-chicken wire instead of the iron rods.

    looking forward to more good ideas of you!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Did you play this (blindfolded) with blind-people?



    8 years ago on Introduction

    that's awesome!
    you don't need eyes to recognize true friends!
    good job!