The Learning Blanket: Tactile Activity Blankets & Pillows for Visually Impaired Kids
The Learning Blanket is an Etsy store that creates interactive educational blankets and pillows for children with (or without) visual impairment. Their blankets incorporate six detachable panels that contain visual, sensory, sound, tactile and educational activities for a child to learn and play with. Their pillows are very similar, but are smaller with only one activity panel per pillow and much easier to hold in your lap. You can learn more about the blankets in the video below:
These blankets and pillows might remind you of the popular quiet books, but they are much more inviting! Each panel has a puzzle or game to complete. For instance, one panel may have a caterpillar with string legs that you can practice tying. Another panel might offer tactile shapes to play a matching game. It would be a lot of fun for kids with visual impairments to practice fine motor and independence skills, plus all the materials are multi-sensory.
We have the caterpillar pillow and Ivan just loves it. The pillow is soft and the caterpillar legs are fun to find, pull, tie, untie or sometimes just chew on (a little). This is actually one of our go-to toys to bring with us on long doctor’s appointments or hospital stays.
This Snowy Animals Sensory Bin is perfect for exploring animal tracks and learning about how animals survive winter. Your little one will want to play for hours!
Sensory Activities, Special Needs
The natural world is the perfect setting for sensory exploration. Children with sensory processing disorders can engage with nature during outdoor sensory play.