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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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Bug’s Bikes

Bug's Bikes is a charity in Massachusetts that provides adaptive bikes to children whose families need financial assistance.

stackable sound blocks

Sensory Activities, Toys

Make Your Own Stackable Sound Blocks!

Find out how to make your own stackable sound blocks out of Gerber baby food containers. They are easy to make and fun to play with!

Natural Grass Easter Basket

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Make Your Own Natural Grass Easter Basket!

How about a natural grass Easter basket? This is a project my son did at school and we just love it!

Sensory Activities, Toys

Make Your Own Bead Container

Ivan's Occupational Therapist suggested finding simple activities he could do that would require him to use one hand to stabilize while the other hand is engaged. Making a Bead Container...

Product of Crayola Color Wonder Mess Free Paints

Toys

Crayola Color Wonder Mess Free Paints

My son was asking to paint after he had at preschool a few times, and I was dreading the mess--but then I found these paints! He gets the same experience...

Ivan playing with slime

Sensory Activities

Make Your Own Nontoxic Slime!

This is a super simple recipe for homemade nontoxic slime. It's perfect for kids who tend to put things in their mouth while they play because it's safe! It's still...

shamrocks

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Tactile Shamrock Fun: Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in the Garden!

Find out the difference between shamrocks and clovers (hint: there isn't any), learn about the different types of shamrocks and discover a fun shamrock craft! Happy St Patrick's Day!

girl in ball pit

Sensory Activities

Make Your Own Ball Pit!

Making your own ball pit at home is a great way to entertain the kids on a cold winter day. It's also a wonderful multi-sensory activity for special needs kids!

Victor and his quilt

Sensory Activities

A Quilt of Many Textures

Cindy King writes about creating a quilt of many textures for her son Victor who is blind. He loves all the different types of fabric! Cindy will also make a...

valentine's candy

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Valentine’s Day Resources for Families of Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired

FamilyConnect shares accessible ideas for celebrating Valentine's Day with your blind or visually impaired child. They list accessible craft ideas and fun braille gift ideas too!

Ivan in his hot air balloon halloween wheelchair costume

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Hot Air Balloon Wheelchair Costume

Here's a fun idea for Halloween - how about transforming your child's wheelchair into a hot air balloon? All you really need is some foam board and cardboard strips to...

Handmade Tactile Book

Holiday Crafts and Ideas, Tactile Arts and Crafts

Make Your Own Tactile Summer Memory Book

Make a tactile summer memory book with your child who is blind or visually impaired so they can remember what they did over summer break and share with their classmates...

learning to surf

Play, Visual Impairment

Surf Camp for Blind Kids

Indo Jax Surf School's Visually Impaired Summer Camp takes place at Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina for a week each July.The camp gets bigger every year and includes sighted siblings...

Bebot

iPad Apps and Accessibility, Music Play

Bebot Music App Review

Bebot is a simple sound cause and effect app that makes funny synth robot sounds. Touch the screen and make the robot sing!

No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Cooking and Kitchen Play

Make Your Own No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Baking in the kitchen is a great sensory and learning experience for children who are blind. This recipe for no-bake peanut butter bars is both easy and tasty! A fun...

shapes hidden in sugar

Sensory Activities

Sugar Search Sensory Activity

Hide toys and shapes under sugar then use a paint brush to find them. This is a fun and easy sensory game - and find tips on how to make...

morris bells

Music Play

Make Your Own Morris Bells!

Daria shows you how to make morris bells, a folk music tradition from England and the British Isles. Making the bells is easy and dancing with them is fun!

a blind runner dives for the base in beep baseball

Play, Visual Impairment

Make baseball accessible with Beep Baseball!

Watch a video about beep baseball and the Boston team, the Renegades. The video explains how beep baseball works and follows a couple blind players through their day.

Liam's Accessible Playground

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How to Make an Accessible Playground

Liam's mom shows you step-by-step how she created the perfect accessible outdoor play space for her deaf-blind son!

makeup

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Fashionability: Inclusive Style

A website which helps blind and visually impaired girls choose and apply flattering cosmetics independently.

Picture of a steering wheel with a pole that has a wheel at the end

Orientation and Mobility, Toys

Go Wheelie: An Early Mobility Toy?

The Go Wheelie features an easy turning steering wheel and makes a fun clicking noise as children drive to their destination. It provides a fun, safe way for children to...

Dolls with canes and wheelchairs

Toys

Adaptive Equipment for Dolls with Special Needs

Lakeshore Learning sells adaptive equipment that you can pair with any of their multiethnic school dolls. You can choose a doll that looks like your child (they offer many different...

A child's hand trying to find easter egg in sensory egg hunt

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Make Your Own Egg Hunt Sensory Game!

With just a tray, some uncooked rice and a few hidden plastic easter eggs you can create a fun sensory game for your blind child. We'll give you some ideas...

Noggin Stik

Toys

Noggin Stik Developmental Light-up Rattle

The NogginStik Developmental Light-up Rattle lights up red, blue and green to stimulate a baby’s eyes and to encourage visual tracking. It has a textured body and is easy to...