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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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Accessible Baseball

Summer just isn't summer without a trip to see a Major League Baseball game! Here are tips to make your visit both fun and accessible for children who are blind...

Ivan in the pool

Holiday Crafts and Ideas, Product Reviews

13 Summer Must-Haves for Special Needs Kids

Being outside all day for a summer outing can be difficult when your child is blind or has other special needs. Here is our list of must haves to bring...

Music Sheet in Braille

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Making Music Accessible to Blind Musicians

A revolutionary 3-D printing system makes music easier to read for blind musicians. Invented by a blind South Korean musician as part of her doctoral dissertation, it makes music accessible...

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Morgan’s Wonderland Accessible Theme Park

Morgan's Wonderland, a theme park in San Antonio Texas, is fully accessible and built for every member of the family.

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Brazil’s Blind Soccer Team

With the World Cup happening, soccer fever is spreading. And if you think there’s no place out on the soccer pitch for a person who is blind, think again, because...

Ivan with his gingerbread house

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Stay Cool this Summer by Celebrating Christmas in July!

It's hot outside, but you and your child will have a blast staying cool by celebrating Christmas in July! These fun Christmas-themed activities for you and your little ones use...

a birthday present for Ivan

Sensory Activities

Give the Gift of a Sensory Activity!

Looking for a great present for a blind or visually impaired child? How about giving them the gift of a sensory activity! Learn how to make (and give!) homemade edible...

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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.

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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...

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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!

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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 Art

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...

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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

Sensory Activities

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...

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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...

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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!