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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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ice cream cone christmas trees

Holiday Crafts and Ideas, Visual Impairment

10 Sensory Christmas Activities for Children who are Blind

During the holidays we are baking, decorating and spending time with family and friends. Get your kids involved by having them help in the kitchen, create Christmas decorations or make...

Apple Cinnamon Ornaments in Braille

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Make Your Own Braille Apple Cinnamon Ornaments!

Everyone knows that mixing applesauce and cinnamon creates an aromatic dough that can be turned into ornaments that smell so lovely! But did you know that you can add cloves...

chex mix

Cooking and Kitchen Play, Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Making Holiday Peppermint Chocolate Chex Mix!

This recipe for Peppermint Chocolate Chex Mix is easy, delicious and perfect for Christmas snacking or gifts. It's also a fun and simple way to get your child involved in...

Christmas tree brownies

Cooking and Kitchen Play, Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Making Christmas Tree Brownies!

A simple recipe for Christmas Tree Brownies that is a great baking activity for children who are blind or multiply disabled.

felt christmas trees

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Make Your Own Felt Tactile Christmas Tree

This tactile Christmas tree craft is great for blind children or children with multiple disabilities. It's easy and accessible and you can also change the ornaments on your tree throughout...

apple jacks cereal

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Make Your Own Apple Jacks Christmas Wreath Ornament!

Learn how to create a Christmas ornament out of Apple Jacks, a pipe cleaner and a mini candy cane. This is a great fine motor activity and a fun craft...

No Button

Toys

The No Button

A very simple idea, but kind of ingenious at the same time, this button simply yells no! every time you press it.

a jack-o-lantern with vampire teeth

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Make Your Own Teethy Pumpkin

Here's a fun and easy halloween pumpkin idea: use vampire teeth and sticky eye balls to make your jack-o-lantern's face! Kids will have fun helping and it's very tactile, too!

Ivan in his honey bee costume

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Honey Bee Wheelchair Costume!

Find out how to make your very own honey bee wheelchair costume using a cardboard box to create the bee hive and a striped yellow and black shirt.

AudioJack

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audiojack: Making movies with sound

audiojack allows you to listen to or create movies made entirely of sound. No words, no music, no images... just sounds. Download sound effects from their free library and create...

Ivan picking up a cup and playing his tactile matching game

Sensory Activities

Make Your Own Tactile Matching Game

Ever thought about making a tactile matching game? This is a great activity for blind children. All you need is a collection of cleaned plastic snack cups and a few...

Sensory Friendly Films

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Sensory Friendly Films

This program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment.

Handmade sponge ball

Sensory Activities

Make Your Own Sponge Ball!

Just take a sponge, cut it up and tie the pieces together to make a sponge ball... and now you have a fun toy to play with in the bath...

baked cotton balls

Sensory Activities

Baked Cotton Balls Sensory Activity

Looking for a project that's sticky, messy, crunchy, soft and scented all in one? Making baked cotton balls is such an easy activity plus it's great fun for a rainy...

sticky collage

Tactile Arts and Crafts

Sticky Collage Art Project

Sticky play is so much fun (and a great sensory activity for children with visual impairments), but can sometimes be really messy! This sticky collage art project is actually relatively...

Rainbow Sound Blocks

Toys

Rainbow Sound Blocks

Each transparent block in this set contains different types of beads so each one makes a different sound which is great for kids learning to play with auditory cues. For...

Ivan in the garden

Sensory Activities, Visual Impairment

Gardening with a Blind Child

Gardening is a very hands-on endeavor and children with visual impairments need the opportunity to get their hands into as many different real-world activities as possible, so how about starting...

Ivan found a balloon!

Sensory Activities

Make Your Own Textured Balloon Activity

Here's an easy activity that is fun and great for fine motor development and tactile discrimination: fill balloons with different textures from the kitchen (like rice or flour) and squeeze...

yarn pot

Tactile Arts and Crafts

Make Your Own Textured Pot

Create a pretty and tactile pot for your garden and plants with just a few easy techniques and simple craft materials. And since your hands will get sticky making this...

kids in horticultural therapy class

Sensory Activities

Horticultural Therapy

What is horticultural therapy and what are the benefits for blind or visually impaired children? We'll explain what the therapy is and give you a few fun ideas so you...

Little gourd shekere

Music Play

Grow Your Own Musical Instrument in Your Garden!

Daria shows us how to grow gourds and turn them into musical instruments like shekeres and guiros! Plant your seeds in the spring and you'll have your own home-grown instruments...

Sound Eggs Sensory Activity

Sensory Activities

Sound Eggs Sensory Activity

Fill each egg with a different object to make different sounds when you shake them. Fill your eggs in pairs so you can play a matching game!

Bloom app

iPad Apps and Accessibility, Music Play

Bloom Music App Review

Eric Jerman reviews the generative music iPad app, Bloom. Bloom allows children to create gentle, soft music patterns and bubbles of color with just the tap of a finger. The...

Wikki Stix for the Sight-Impaired

Toys, Visual Impairment

Wikki Stix for the Sight-Impaired

Wikki Stix are an easy way to create tactile graphics, assist with O & M training, map concepts, music lessons, daily living skills and much more. Since they adhere to...