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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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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.

Pets Sound Puzzle

Braille and Literacy, Toys

Melissa & Doug Puzzles with Braille

Amazon now carries hand-crafted wooden sound puzzles from Melissa & Doug with braille! Choose from Farm Animals, Zoo Animals, Pets, Talking Shapes, and Vehicles.

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Sensory Activities, Tactile Arts and Crafts

Puffy Paint Art Project

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

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Music Play

The Cajon: A Box That’s a Drum That’s a Box!

Learn how to make your own Cajon, a box that's a drum that's a box!

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Toys, Visual Impairment

The Best Toys for Parties and Get Togethers for Kids who are Visually Impaired

Sometimes kids need a little help to get the party started, and that is exactly what party toys are for. We list here our favorite party toys for children who...

Ivan playing with his scented rattle

Sensory Activities, Toys

Make Your Own Scented Rattle!

It's so easy to make a rattle for your blind baby that also has its own unique smell. Teach your baby about cause and effect with the sound while you...

Ivan with his giant pegboard

Toys

Discovery Toys: Toys for Kids with Special Needs

Learn about fun toys from Discovery Toys and how they can encouraqge your blind or disabled child's development.

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Music Play

Babies & Music: How to introduce your infant or young child to music

Learn how to introduce music to even the youngest infant, including those with special needs. All babies benefit from having music in their lives!

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Toys

Make Your Own Toy Basket!

All you really need is a basket and some toys and you're well on your way to creating a fun and educational toy for your visually impaired baby. Here's how...

A baby girl reaching out with her fingers

Music Play

Nursery Rhyme Hand Motions

Children love interactive songs, and kids who are blind or visually impaired can learn coordination, body awareness, rhythm, and teamwork. Watch these videos to learn the simple hand motions for...

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Play, Special Needs

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, Visual Impairment

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...

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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, Visual Impairment

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 Arts and Crafts

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...

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Play, Special Needs

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, Visual Impairment

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...