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Discover fun and creative ideas to encourage play time with toys, light play, music, multi-sensory activities and tactile art. Also find seasonal holiday crafts!

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Free Access to National Parks for Visitors with Disabilities

National Park Service free Access Passes are accepted at all NPS parks and refuges, and cover some fees in the national forests as well. The filing fee for the Access...

Child playing an xylophone

Music Play

Are Blind Kids More Musically Inclined?

Adam Ockelford, Professor of Music, Roehampton University announced a study in 2010 that would focus on the relationship between musicality and retinopathy ofprematurity (ROP). This study follows up his similar...

pull toy

Toys

Make Your Own Recycled Pull Toy!

With some simple items pulled out of your recycle bin you can create your own pull toy that can help your child develop fine motor skills and hand strength.

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Music Play

Songs for Teaching: Using Music to Promote Learning

A collection of songs categorized by subject so you can find the perfect song to fit any curriculum or lesson plan - or just to emphasize an idea at home.

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Toys

Toy Ideas for Blind Kids & Babies

We review a range of toys from plush to active, including action toys and music makers. The Spa Baby tub is also highlighted -- great for snug support and upright...

Holiday Crafts and Ideas, Tactile Art

Autumn Wreath Art Project

Learn how to make an autumn wreath sensory art project with your blind child. It's easy and fun!

Ivan and Santa

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Braille Letters from Santa

Learn how your blind child can receive a braille letter from Santa this Christmas and really feel like they are part of the celebration.

Making a simple Jack-O-Lantern

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Make Your Own Simple Jack-O-Lantern

My favorite jack-o-lantern idea is to stick velcro stickers to the pumpkin and then mix and match felt shapes as the eyes and mouth. It's simple, there's no carving involved...

Riding a tandem bike

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Recreational Resources for Children with Special Needs in Massachusetts & New England

A comprehensive list of organizations and programs providing physical activity opportunities for children with special needs in New England.

Ivan playing guitar

Music Play

Music as Motivator for our Visually Impaired Kids

Music can be a great way to stimulate a visually impaired baby, but where do you begin? We'll give you some practical ways to incorporate music into your baby's day.

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Sensory Activities, Toys

Make Your Own Texture Bag!

With some extra fabric, a sewing machine, and a little creativity you can make a fun bag of textures for your blind child. A texture bag is a great way...

Bilibo

Fine and Gross Motor, Toys

The Bilibo: A Great Toy for Visually Impaired Kids

Find out about Ivan's new favorite toy - the Bilibo - and why it's so great!

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Tactile Art

Sensory Art for Children who are Visually Impaired

There's much more to art than the visual! Learn how easy it can be to get your blind or visually impaired kids involved in tactile art projects.

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Sensory Activities

Sensory Games for Kids who are Blind

It can be more difficult for blind or disabled children to learn about the world and use their senses effeciently. Here are some games you can play to help them...

Ivan loves music!

Music Play

Rhythm & Blues for the Winter: Motivating your child to move through music!

Music therapist Meredith R. Pizzi explains how you can use music and rhythms to encourage your child to get up and move!

old plastic bottles

Music Play

These old plastic bottles can become musical instruments!

Daria shows you how to make rattles using recycled bottles. She gives you ideas for things you can put in the bottles and different games you can play!

Tactile Art

Tactile Tree Art Project

Learn how to make a tactile tree sensory art project with your blind child. It's easy and fun!

Ivan playing on his computer

Toys

The Best Accessible Computer Games for Blind Kids

We'll show you the best places to find accessible video games for blind children - and some of them are free!

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Make Your Own Halloween Pumpkin Costume!

Thinking about entering daddy and baby in the Halloween costume contest this year? Look no further! We've got a simple costume design you can put together with materials laying about...

An ocean drum

Music Play

A Drum That Sounds Like the Sea

Find out how to make your own ocean drum and how to have fun playing with it, too.

baby with iPod

Music Play

Coolest CD’s for Kids

The best children's music that you've probably never even heard of. Check out these great performers and support up-and-coming stars!

Ivan with his dad in his sensory play area

Fine and Gross Motor, Sensory Activities, Toys

Make Your Own Sensory Play Area for Your Blind Baby

What if you could design your own play area that would stimulate your blind baby's senses and make them feel safe and willing to explore at the same time?

red apple prints on white paper

Tactile Art

Apple Prints Art Project

Learn how to make an apple prints sensory art project with your blind child. It's easy and fun!

Ivan in his mini play area

Fine and Gross Motor, Sensory Activities, Toys

Make Your Own Mini Play Area!

If you don't have the space or money to invest in a large sensory play area for your blind baby we've got the solution for you!