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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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DIY stay put play spaces

Fine and Gross Motor, Sensory Activities

Hold Everything: “Stay-Put” Play Spaces for Infants and Young Children with Sensory Impairments and Other Special Needs

This guide provides you with DIY Stay-Put play spaces for infants and developmentally young children with sensory impairments and other special needs.

Madilyn at Build-a-Bear

Play, Sensory Activities

Build-a-Bear Workshop: A Multi-Sensory Experience!

Ivan went to Build-a-Bear with his friend Madilyn and they had a great time building bears! This is a perfect activity for kids with special needs.

four Valentine's activities

Holiday Crafts and Ideas, Visual Impairment

Top 10 Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids Who Are Blind

Celebrate love and friendship all month long with these multi-sensory Valentine' sDay activities for kids with visual impairments!

LEGO play set featuring a boy in a wheelchair

Toys

LEGO Made Us All Proud!

LEGO has included a young man using a wheelchair as part of the new “Fun in the Park” play set, which should be available this summer.

A rose necklace made with the 3Doodler

Tactile Arts and Crafts

3Doodler Pen & Accessories

The 3Doodler Pen is a 3D printing device that can be used within minutes. It heats special plastic string and you control what you draw and create just as if...

making snow slime

Holiday Crafts and Ideas, Visual Impairment

7 Holiday Sensory Play Ideas for Kids Who are Blind

Holiday multisensory play ideas for kids who are blind or visually impaired, from cold dough to a five-senses touch book and a tactile find and search game.

One of pages from Sensory Sun book

Toys

ALL PLAY Accessible Toy Guide

ALL PLAY Accessible Toy Guide from Sensory Sun

Christmas Wands 'n' Wheels LEGO Set

Toys

Canes and Wheelchairs in LEGO Sets? Let’s Make it Happen!

Let's help the #ToyLikeMe campaign get wheelchairs and white canes represented in LEGO activity sets. All you need to do is vote!

toys wearing glasses, with guide dogs or in wheelchairs

Holiday Crafts and Ideas, Toys

#ToyLikeMe Holiday Shopping Guide

Find toys for kids who wear glasses, patches or hearing aids; for kids who use a white cane or have a service dog; or for kids who use wheelchairs or...

girl sits with pumpkin. text reads pumpkin bowling sensory game

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Play a Game of Pumpkin Bowling with a Braille Twist

Maybe you've been bowling, but have you ever been pumpkin bowling? This multi-sensory game is perfect for Fall and makes a fun Halloween party game, too!

A real and a homemade quijada

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

A Silly Sensory Rattle for Halloween

A quijada is a rattle that's made from a donkey's jawbone and the sound of the instrument is created by the teeth rattling in the sockets. Perfect for Halloween, right?...

Ivan's Scary Skeleton Halloween Wheelchair Costume

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Scary Skeleton Halloween Wheelchair Costume

Looking for a fun and SPOOKY Halloween costume idea for your child's wheelchair? This year Ivan will be a skeleton in a graveyard!

A girl comparing two bags

Sensory Activities

Make Your Own Tactile Comparing Bag

Are you looking for ways for your blind child or student to experience tactual exploration in a safe, confined space? Then let me show you how to make your own...

Ivan figuring out the hidden shape

Play

What’s Inside? Make Your Own Hidden Shape Puzzle

I love games that that don't require any vision to play. This is an easy DIY puzzle that anyone can play by identifying a hidden shape by feel and sound!

Welcome banner for sports extravaganza

Play

5 Tips for Choosing the Best Extracurricular Program for Your Child with Visual Impairments

Finding the right extracurricular program for your child with visual impairments can be a tedious job, especially if your child struggles with other disabilities or sensory impairments as well. These...

Ivan playing with parachute

Play, Visual Impairment

Summer Activities for Kids who are Blind

Looking for summer tips and advice to help you keep your blind child active during the break? Join our summer blog party to get advice from parents just like you!

Accessible Preschool Arts & Crafts

Tactile Arts and Crafts, Visual Impairment

12 Easy Tips for Accessible Preschool Arts & Crafts for Kids who are Blind or Visually Impaired

Can a blind preschooler be included in preschool arts and crafts? Of course! With a little planning and forethought, preschool crafts can be completely accessible.

LightAide Lesson Plan from Ox Ridge Elementary School

Light Play

Colors, Literacy and Social Play

This lesson plan from Ox Ridge Elementary School shows how the LightAide can be used in a second grade classroom to make story time accessible to all the students.

LightAide Lesson in Loge Elementary School

Light Play

Rainbow Lessons with Light and Texture

This is a seven-day lesson plan from Loge Elementary School where we spend one day on each color of the rainbow using a LightAide and tactile elements.

LightAide Lesson Plan

Light Play

The Look, Feel and Smell of Colors

It can be difficult to come up with fun, engaging and multi-sensory ways to teach colors to children who are visually impaired. This lesson plan uses the bright lights of...

LightAide Lesson by Yakima Public Schools

Light Play

Bright Lights and Shape Identification

In this lesson plan from Yakima Public Schools, students are introduced to shapes and matching through the bright lights on the LightAide.

Sensory Scavenger Hunt

Sensory Activities

How to Organize a Sensory Nature Scavenger Hunt

Get your kids outside! Here's a list of nature sensory scavenger hunts along with a few tips and tools to entice every kid to get out and discover nature.

Ivan playing with Bead Maze

Toys, Visual Impairment

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...