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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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Ivan playing with Bead Maze

Toys

10 Questions to Ask When Purchasing a Toy for a Child who is Blind

The next time you're in a toy store or department store looking for toys for your child who is blind or visually impaired, keep these 10 questions in mind!

Ivan on swing

Behavior, Sensory Activities

8 Calming or Stimulating Sensory Activities for Kids with Sensory Impairment

Find a list of of sensory activities along with ways to make them more calming or more alerting and information about which sensory system they target. Try them out and...

Rainbow activities for blind kids

Math and Science, Sensory Activities, Tactile Art

Rainbow Activities for Blind Children

How do you explain a rainbow to a child that has never seen one, let alone never seen colors? It may seem complicated to talk about colors with your blind...

Ivan hunting for beeping eggs

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Buyer’s Guide to Beeping Easter Eggs

We've sifted through the web and browsed our local stores to bring you this list of where to find beeping and noise-maker Easter eggs for your blind child.

potpourri

Tactile Art

Apple Potpourri Sensory Art Project

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

five music and light toys

Light Play, Toys

Our Favorite Music and Light Toys

Bright lights and fun songs are proven motivators for children of all ages and abilities to encourage learning, motor skills, and understanding fundamentals of the way things work. Here are...

3 Resources for Learning about Presidents' Day

Education, Holiday Crafts and Ideas

3 Resources for Learning about Presidents’ Day

Find resources that make learning about the role of President, history of the United States, and what it means to be a good citizen, fun for children of all ages...

Bolang gu craft

Holiday Crafts and Ideas, Music Play, Tactile Art

Make Your Own Chinese New Year Drum!

Although it's often seen as a children's toy or a fun sound effect at Chinese New Year, the Bolang Gu is actually an instrument that dates back to ancient China....

Madilyn finding light switch

Light Play, Math and Science

Accessible STEM: An Introduction to Light for Blind Children

Introduce the scientific basics of light to your child through hands-on activities like exploring your home and other familiar places, along with tactile worksheets.

Ivan swimming

Fine and Gross Motor, Play

Making Swim Lessons Accessible for Blind Children

Find tips on how to make a swimming lesson accessible for kids who are blind or have other disabilities. Great ideas for parents or swim instructors!

Ivan's hand in the snow table

Holiday Crafts and Ideas, Sensory Activities

Make Your Own Sensory Snow Table!

Here's a fun sensory-friendly activity that is great on a snow day! Let your child explore snow and temperature with their own sensory snow table.

melted bead suncatcher

Light Play, Tactile Art

Suncatcher Activities for Kids with Visual Impairments

Suncatcher art projects make great hands-on activities for children with visual impairments considering their tactile traits including different textures and raised-line graphics.

baby Ivan with his light box

Light Play

Cups on a Light Box

If you just got yourself a Light Box for your blind child you may not know where to begin. This is a simple activity that may interest your baby right...

Tactile star ornaments

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Make Your Own Tactile Christmas Ornaments!

Here's a simple and fun holiday activity! Make tactile Christmas ornaments with your child and create a more accessible Christmas tree!

Tactile Christmas Cards

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Make Your Own Tactile Christmas Cards Using Your Child’s Artwork!

Elin shares how she and her son Theo were able to turn his artwork into tactile graphics Christmas cards that he could give to friends and family.

Top 10 Accessible Toys

Toys

Top 10 Accessible Toys for Blind Kids

We recently ran a contest asking families to share their favorite toys for their kids who are blind or have other special needs. Here are the top 10 as voted...

Toys

Lenz Frenz

These very cute stuffed animals have a hiding spot in their backs where children can safely store their glasses.

Rainbow Wheelchair costume

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Make Your Own Rainbow Wheelchair Costume

Learn how to make your very own rainbow Halloween costume for your child's wheelchair! The technique is actually easier than it looks.

Halloween crafting ideas for kids with special needs

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

10 Accessible and Sensory-Friendly Halloween Ideas

Find ideas for Halloween crafts and activities that are accessible for blind or visually impaired kids. We've also got a lot of multi-sensory ideas too!

Perkins Playspace

Development, Fine and Gross Motor, Sensory Activities

Make Your Own Play Space for Your Blind Baby!

Blind babies may need help learning how to interact with and be actively involved in their environment. You can build your own active learning play space so your baby can...

little girl in a wheelchair at the playground

Play

Accessible Playgrounds

This NPR site provides a list of accessible playgrounds as well as the background behind the hows and whys of making playgrounds accessible to all.

64oz Games

Toys

64oz Games: Accessible Games for Blind Players

Making games accessible to everyone by creating add-on kits to make games work for anyone with blindness or visual impairment.

Kids playing together

Toys

Adapting Toys for Special Kids

An Ohio mom has created a lending library of adapted games for children of all abilities, from those with developmental delays to those with significant disabilities.

Anabel with her stay-put tray

Toys

Make Your Own Stay-Put Tray!

Create your own stay-put toy system on your child's tray! This is perfect for blind babies who often throw their toys then can't find them again on their own.