Toys

Find our favorite hand-picked toys and gift ideas for kids of all abilities including lots of DIY toy ideas and toys that can encouragement child development.

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!

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...

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.

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.

stackable sound blocks

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!

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...

Product of Crayola Color Wonder Mess Free Paints

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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...

Picture of a steering wheel with a pole that has a wheel at the end

Orientation and Mobility, Toys

Go Wheelie: An Early Mobility Toy?

The Go Wheelie features an easy turning steering wheel and makes a fun clicking noise as children drive to their destination. It provides a fun, safe way for children to...

Dolls with canes and wheelchairs

Toys

Adaptive Equipment for Dolls with Special Needs

Lakeshore Learning sells adaptive equipment that you can pair with any of their multiethnic school dolls. You can choose a doll that looks like your child (they offer many different...

Noggin Stik

Toys

Noggin Stik Developmental Light-up Rattle

The NogginStik Developmental Light-up Rattle lights up red, blue and green to stimulate a baby’s eyes and to encourage visual tracking. It has a textured body and is easy to...

No Button

Toys

The No Button

A very simple idea, but kind of ingenious at the same time, this button simply yells no! every time you press it.

Rainbow Sound Blocks

Toys

Rainbow Sound Blocks

Each transparent block in this set contains different types of beads so each one makes a different sound which is great for kids learning to play with auditory cues. For...

Wikki Stix for the Sight-Impaired

Toys

Wikki Stix for the Sight-Impaired

Wikki Stix are an easy way to create tactile graphics, assist with O & M training, map concepts, music lessons, daily living skills and much more. Since they adhere to...

PlayAbility Toys LOGO

Toys

PlayAbility Toys: Special Toys for Special Kids

PlayAbility Toys creates toys designed specifically for children with visual impairments, hearing impairments, cognitive challenges and other challenges.

Blind child touching a sensory board

Fine and Gross Motor, Sensory Activities, Toys

Creating Sensory Activity Centers for Blind Children

Learn how to make an activity center for children with visual impairments. Using general hardware materials (like cardboard or peg-board) and other household items (like toys or kitchen utensils) you...

puffer balls

Toys

Puffer Balls

This simple ball is squishy and rubbery and makes a neat noise when you shake it. Great for helping with tactile defensiveness. If your child has light perception, you can...

Whack-a-Mole Tower

Toys

Whack-a-Mole Tower

Find out about this whack-a-mole game that develops hand-eye coordination in kids with low vision. It's fun and there are lots of blinking lights and ringing bells for encouragement!

Accessible Candy Land

Toys

Accessible Candy Land!

Learn how to make an accessible version of your kids' Candy Land game that is perfect for children with visual impairments.

Battat Sound Puzzle Box

Toys

Battat Sound Puzzle Box

Every time you place a block in the correct hole, it slowly falls down the chute and makes a unique noise, so for kids with vision impairments there's some added...

Lamaze Chime Garden

Toys

Lamaze Chime Garden Musical Toy

Each flower makes a musical chime with just a soft tap. It's a very sweet sounding toy that doesn't take too much pressure to activate. It's a great way to...

Octotunes

Toys

Octotunes Musical Toy

Each leg on the octopus plays a different note when squeezed in a very airy and natural sound (this toy is not electronic so the sound is very peaceful). It...