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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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puffer balls

Toys

Puffer Balls

This simple ball is squishy and rubbery and makes a neat noise when you shake it. Great for helping with tactile defensiveness. If your child has light perception, you can...

ThumbJam Music App

iPad Apps and Accessibility, Music Play

ThumbJam Music App Review

ThumbJam is a simple music app that allows your child to make beautiful, clear sounds with their iPad. It features all sorts of advanced options for changing the sounds or...

soccer players

Play

Life Lessons from the VIP Special Needs Soccer Program

David wrote this essay as part of a college scholarship application. He writes about his experience as a football player in high school and compares that to his experiences volunteering...

Life-Size Shoots and Ladders Game

Sensory Activities, Visual Impairment

Activity Bank: Sensory Activities for Kids who are Blind

Find sensory activities that have been adapted to meet the needs of students who are blind or visually impaired.

broken ornaments

Holiday Crafts and Ideas, Visual Impairment

How to Help Your Blind Child Survive (and maybe even enjoy) Christmas

A holiday survival guide for parents of children with sensory impairments.

Whack-a-Mole Tower

Toys

Whack-a-Mole Tower

Find out about this whack-a-mole game that develops hand-eye coordination in kids with low vision. It's fun and there are lots of blinking lights and ringing bells for encouragement!

jingle bells

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Make Your Own Jingle Bells

Don't you just love the sound of jingle bells at Christmas? This easy holiday craft will show you how to make your own jingle bell bracelets, anklets and jingle sticks!

A girl making Hand & Foot Reindeer Ornament

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Make Your Own Hand & Foot Reindeer Ornament

We love holiday crafts and this one is just so creative! Find out how your child can make their very own reindeer ornament by tracing their foot and hands on...

Accessible Candy Land

Toys, Visual Impairment

Accessible Candy Land!

Learn how to make an accessible version of your kids' Candy Land game that is perfect for children with visual impairments.

Turkey Squash

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Turkey Squash Thanksgiving Craft Project

If you're tired of carving pumpkins every year, why not spice things up with a decorated squash instead? Find out how to make this silly Turkey Squash with feathers and...

mom and Ivan at the park

Play, Special Needs

ADA Regulates Accessible Playgrounds

The revised 2010 ADA sets guidelines for accessible playgrounds, parks and play spaces. Find out what these new requirements are and when they go into effect.

Cowboy and horse wheelchair costume

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Halloween Costume Ideas for Canes and Wheelchairs

Kids with disabilities love Halloween too! Here are ideas that will incorporate your child's wheelchair or white cane into their costume.

Halloween pumpkin

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Kid-Friendly Halloween Songs

Did you know that there are some amazing kids musicians creating new Halloween classics that will really get you in the spirit? We've collected our top ten favorites and created...

Cajita

Music Play

The Cajita: A Little Box that is an Instrument

Daria tells you about the history of a fun instrument called a cajita and how to make one yourself out of simple materials.

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

No Therapies for a Month? Taking the Summer Off with Your Special Needs Child

When kids are out of school and therapies slow down, what do you do? Do you plan a vacation? Spend more time fishing with dad? Or feel guilty that your...

Battat Sound Puzzle Box

Toys

Battat Sound Puzzle Box

Every time you place a block in the correct hole, it slowly falls down the chute and makes a unique noise, so for kids with vision impairments there's some added...

Lamaze Chime Garden

Toys

Lamaze Chime Garden Musical Toy

Each flower makes a musical chime with just a soft tap. It's a very sweet sounding toy that doesn't take too much pressure to activate. It's a great way to...

Octotunes

Toys

Octotunes Musical Toy

Each leg on the octopus plays a different note when squeezed in a very airy and natural sound (this toy is not electronic so the sound is very peaceful). It...

Spin & Learn Top

Toys

Spin & Learn Top

The Spin & Learn Top is a simple toy that spins and lights up when you hit the plunger. The movement and lights are great for kids with low vision...

Jumpin' Jr Trampoline

Toys

Jumpin’ Jr Trampoline

Trampolines are a great way for little ones to gain some confidence on their feet. And this on is small enough for toddlers! Even if your child can't walk or...

Hungry Fingers logo

Braille and Literacy, Toys

Hungry Fingers Tactile Toys & Graphics

Hungry Fingers educational tools are designed to give visually impaired children the confidence that with poor vision, or even without sight, they can be in command of the space around...

Ivan playing with his can puzzle

Fine and Gross Motor, Toys

Make Your Own Can Puzzle!

If your child has a vision impairment or struggles with fine motor skills you may want to create a sorting puzzle that is simple. Most sorting puzzles have multiple shapes,...

Ivan playing on his piano

Music Play

Music & Development: Musical ways to engage developmentally disabled children

Learn what Music Therapy is, why it's an important part of your special needs child's arsenal of services, and how you can enhance your child's life at home by including...

Ivan with his sticky box

Behavior, Sensory Activities

Overcoming Tactile Sensitivity with a Sticky Box!

Collect sticky and gooey toys and throw them all in one box. You'll create a sensory toy that will help your child learn to love sticky things.