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Toys for Blind Children

Updated on July 24, 2013

How to Find Toys for Blind Children

Take a trip through any toy store and you will find row after row of toys designed for visual appeal to children. The toys are brightly colored or cute, but they do not offer much else in the way of sensory appeal. Where can you find toys that will appeal to a child who cannot see?

A few companies produce toys and games specifically made for visually impaired children. I will introduce these here.

In addition to toys specifically made for blind kids, there are a number of commercially available toys that are appealing to them right out of the box. I will spotlight those here also.

Finally, there are toys that can be made accessible to visually impaired children with a few easy adaptations, and I will also show you those.

This is not meant to be a comprehensive list, but I plan to offer suggestions and ideas that may get you started on your quest to find appropriate and fun toys for blind and visually impaired kiddos.

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Swings & Climbing Equipment

Swing Sets for the Vestibular Stimulation Blind Children Need

Vestibular stimulation is important to the healthy development of a child's brain and central nervous system. Blind and visually impaired children often do not receive enough exercise or vestibular stimulation. Sighted children get this kind of stimulation by running, turning their heads to look at things and all the different kinds of movement that a sighted child does during the day. Kids who cannot see get a fraction of these movement experiences.

Swinging and playing on climbing equipment is a good way for blind youngsters to receive the stimulation that their brains need to develop optimally. Swinging is calming and helps the nervous system to organize itself. If your little one is anxious or high strung, fidgety, or has problems processing information, swinging may help.

Most visually impaired children can benefit from having daily opportunities to swing.

Swing sets can also facilitate social relationships by giving children activities they can do together.

Dog Guide and White Cane - For Your Child's Blind Dolls

plush dog guide and white cane for use with 16" dolls
plush dog guide and white cane for use with 16" dolls

This plush dog guide comes with a harness and white cane. Fits 16" dolls. This one appears to be a yellow lab. We have one that is a German shepherd. He is greatly popular with my daughter's visually impaired friends.

Click on the photo for more information or to purchase this dog guide.

Toys Every Blind Child Should Have - (or at least have access to on a regular basis)

  • A swingset, with at least a swing and a sliding board.
  • A variety of musical instruments including a piano or keyboard and drums.
  • Playdough or modeling clay.
  • Swimming pool or wading pool.
  • A CD collection, in a variety of genres, and a CD player.
  • A radio.
  • A tape recorder and tapes, or a digital voice recorder.

Indoor Swings

If you live in a climate where swinging outdoors is not always feasible, consider making a place indoors for your child to swing. When my daughter was younger, we turned our basement family room into a sensory room. This was a great way for all of the children to play, get exercise and get their energy out during the cold winter months.

The Rainy Day Indoor Playground listed below is great, because you can remove the swing it comes with and replace it with various other devices, such as trapezes, rings, gliders or chairs to curl up in. If you have a doorway this will go in, I highly recommend this toy.

More Vestibular Stimulation

These toys are all fun for blind children and provide much-needed vestibular stimulation.

Music & Lights Sit 'n Spin Rockin' Tunes (colors vary)
Music & Lights Sit 'n Spin Rockin' Tunes (colors vary)

My daughter had the earlier version of this toy when she was a toddler and preschooler. She enjoyed it into the early elementary years when she outgrew it. The addition of music and lights makes this version of the traditional Sit 'n Spin especially suitable for young blind children.

 
Twist-Whiz
Twist-Whiz

Swing, Twist, and Spin without a tangled rope! 6' weather-resistant rope is safe for outdoor and indoor use. Super Tough! UV stable, plastic spinner bar. Parents can easily attach the twist and twirl spinner bar to a tree limb, swing set, or other support and watch kids grab the handles, push off, and smile. Great fun, great exercise, tough and resilient, a classic product for all seasons.

 
Ship's See-Saw
Ship's See-Saw

Fun in-home swing

Great Vestibular fun

Static weight bearing up to 200 kg (approximately 440 pounds)

Materials: soft upholstered corduroy, frame made of aluminum, sail made of nylon

Measurements: length 100 x width 70 cm (approximately 39.35 x 27.55 inches

 
Spring Swings Original Disc Swing
Spring Swings Original Disc Swing

A swing on a giant spring. Needs to hang from a high place with a lot of room to get going. Child can sit on disc or stand for more leverage. My daughter has had one of these for a few years and still enjoys it at age 13.

 
HABA Airy-Fairy Baby Swing
HABA Airy-Fairy Baby Swing

A great swing for the little ones. Very sturdy swing, gives baby the sensation of flying through the air.

 

Musical Instruments

It is a myth to say that all blind children are musically gifted, but it is true that everyone can benefit from experiences with music education. Blind kids usually enjoy music, and exposure to music has been shown to develop the parts of the brain responsible for understanding mathematics.

Give your child the gift of music!

Melissa & Doug Band-in-a-Box Clap! Clang! Tap! - 10-Piece Musical Instrument Set
Melissa & Doug Band-in-a-Box Clap! Clang! Tap! - 10-Piece Musical Instrument Set

My daughter had this set as a preschooler, and these instruments remained favorites for years. For quite some time the maracas went everywhere she did. Now, at age 13, she is a gifted percussionist. You never know where early exposure might lead!

 
Hohner Kids Mini Orchestra, Set of 4
Hohner Kids Mini Orchestra, Set of 4

Little ones can enjoy this set of rhythm instruments as soon as they can grasp the handles. My daughter also had this set as a toddler. I think a few of them are still around in her hand instrument collection.

 
Schylling Musical Hand Bells
Schylling Musical Hand Bells

A fun way to learn pitch.

 
Woodstock Kid's Accordion- Music Collection
Woodstock Kid's Accordion- Music Collection

My daughter had one of these accordions and played it so much she wore it out, then asked for another one. This is an extremely fun musical toy for a young child who likes music. It is the right size to fit the hands of a child between the ages of about 4 and 8 years.

 

Playdough & Fine Motor Development

Playing with clay helps strengthen the muscles in the hands and fingers necessary to operate the brailler. Blind youngsters should have daily opportunities to play with clay in order to strengthen their hands and develop their fine motor coordination.

CanDo TheraPutty Standard Exercise Putty, 6 Piece Set (Tan, Yellow, Red, Green, Blue, Black), 2 oz
CanDo TheraPutty Standard Exercise Putty, 6 Piece Set (Tan, Yellow, Red, Green, Blue, Black), 2 oz

Hide coins, buttons or other small items in the clay for the child to find. Supervise closely. Start with soft putty and build up to the firmer consistency.

 

Sound Puzzles - Fine Motor Coordination and Auditory Discrimination

Vehicles sound puzzle with braille pieces
Vehicles sound puzzle with braille pieces

Swimming Pools & Water Play

Blind children need to learn how to swim. This is a matter of physical safety, if someone falls into the water they need to have the skills to be safe.

Teaching a blind child to swim can be challenging. Never having seen anyone swim, the concept of stretching out horizontally on the surface of the water can be confusing and frightening.

My daughter learned to swim at the state school for the blind, even while she was still a student at our local public school. For more information about swimming lessons, contact the physical education department at a school for the blind near you.

If you cannot get a full-sized pool for your backyard, consider a wading pool for your child to splash in during the hot summer months.This helps your child develop comfort with being in the water, so that learning to swim is much less traumatic. Moving in water is an excellent sensory experience, as well as being good exercise. A swimming pool also facilitates social relationships if you can have friends over to swim.

Intex Swim Center Family Inflatable Pool, 103" X 69" X 22", for Ages 6+
Intex Swim Center Family Inflatable Pool, 103" X 69" X 22", for Ages 6+

We have gotten this pool a few summers and found it very enjoyable. It holds a number of children at a time, or gives one child room to "swim" back and forth in shallow water.

 

Accessible CD Players & Radios

Find a CD Player and Radio on eBay - A Favorite Toy for Blind Children

Having an accessible CD player and radio opens up the world of music to blind children. Many stereo systems can be challenging for younger blind children to understand. Look for a player that does not have an LED screen, and where the buttons and controls may be brailled to facilitate learning.

Some of Our Favorite Music

Expose your child to a variety of music. Aim for high quality music, and not only the commercial music marketed for children. Try to expose your child to a broad spectrum of musical genres.

Audio Books for Blind Children

Audio books can be a wonderful choice for blind children. Listening to recorded books develops listening skills which is a crucial life skills for visually impaired people.

To develop reading ability, pair an audio book with a braille copy of the same book so the child can follow along.

Sweet Dreams: Enchanting Story Visualizations With
Sweet Dreams: Enchanting Story Visualizations With

This recording has been a favorite of my children for many years. Even as teenagers they never seem to outgrow these tales and the relaxing cadence of Weiss's voice. Highly recommended!

 
Magic Tree House Collection: Books 1-8: Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Knight at Dawn, Mummies in the Morning, Pirates Past Noon, Night of the Ninjas, ... the Amazon, and more! (Magic Tree House (R))
Magic Tree House Collection: Books 1-8: Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Knight at Dawn, Mummies in the Morning, Pirates Past Noon, Night of the Ninjas, ... the Amazon, and more! (Magic Tree House (R))

The Magic Tree House books have been hugely popular with the students at our school. My daughter has recordings of some of the books and listened to them over and over for several years.

 
Junie B. Jones Audio Collection, Books 1-8
Junie B. Jones Audio Collection, Books 1-8

Another wildly popular series for children who are emerging readers.

 
Tell Me a Story: Timeless Folktales from Around the World
Tell Me a Story: Timeless Folktales from Around the World

International folktales. Expose your child to different cultures.

 

Ball Pits & Therapy Balls

Ball Pits Are Great Fun for Blind Children

A ball pit is a fun toy for blind children of all ages, from toddlers to teens. Many blind children continue to enjoy the ball pit during private moments well into their teens, if given the opportunity; especially if they can listen to music, books or watch television while relaxing there.

It is easy to put a ball pit in your home for your blind child. For many years we had a wading pool in our basement filled with several hundred balls of red, green, blue, orange and yellow. My daughter would crawl into it and luxuriate for hours. She found it a relaxing and calming activity.

Sighted children would come to visit and the ball pit would make them wild. They would drag the mini-trampoline over beside it and use it to spring into the ball pit. An occupational therapist suggested it might be the colors on the balls that was causing the sighted children to become over-stimulated. If you have sighted children you might want to stick with only blue balls for this reason.

A wading pool can be purchased cheaply, especially at the end of the summer. You will need several packages of balls. One hundred balls sounds like a lot, until you pour them into your pool. The ball pit is not fun without enough balls, so get more than you think you will need.

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Blind Children Often Love Therapy Balls

Another physical toy that blind children often love is a therapy ball. The children at school fought all year over the one ball in the dorm, so the Parent, Student, Staff Organization had to buy some extras for next year. The dorm parents said the children like to sit or lounge on them while watching television.

Many blind children have low muscle tone in their trunks and the therapy balls are wonderful for building that up. Core strength is especially important to blind children when it comes to using their braillers, so while they think they are having fun and relaxing, you are actually sneaking in something that is not only fun for them but good for them!

A therapy ball can also help with focus and concentration, if the child sits on one while doing homework. For this situation you want to make sure you have one of the appropriate size. Trying to sit on a ball that is too large could result in injury.

The therapy balls are also fun for children of all ages. A parent can use them with a baby or toddler. Older children and teens can use them independently.

Peanut Ball

Here is a fun therapy ball that will help a child with balance. This ball comes in different colors and sizes.

Fun and Function's Peanut Ball Red L
Fun and Function's Peanut Ball Red L

12.5 inches in height x 27.5 inches in length

This peanut shaped ball provides added stability for balance, exercise and movement therapy

Strengthen core muscles, body awareness, balance and attention

Holds up to 750 lbs

Pump sold separately

 

Hop Ball

My children had a lot of fun with these hopping balls for several years. Give your child a safe place to hop and let her go at it! It's great for core strength, coordination, vestibular stimulation and general fun and silliness!

Gymnic / Hop-66 26" Hop Ball, Blue
Gymnic / Hop-66 26" Hop Ball, Blue

A great ball for exercise and movement! This particular ball is best for older children, teens and adults. Holds up to 300 lbs. Click through for more options for smaller children.

 

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Toys & Games for Older Blind Children & Teenagers

A Portable Game for One

eni puzzle
eni puzzle

Both blind and sighted kids will enjoy this tactile puzzle that can fit into their pocket and requires no batteries!

This is great for car trips, bus trips or waiting rooms.

Click on the photo for more information!

Accessible Toys and Games for Blind Children and Teens - American Printing House for the Blind

American Printing House for the Blind (APH) has a number of accessible games for blind children and teenagers. As they note on their website, blind children do not pick up recreational and leisure skills through observation and modeling. These skills must be taught. The games from APH are on the expensive side, but if you are in the United States you may be able to borrow them from your state materials center.

Bop It!

Talk to almost any parent of a blind child school age or older, and you are sure to hear about the Bop It! This is an electronic game that gives instructions the player must follow. As long as the instructions are followed, the game continues. When the player messes up, it is over. The challenge is to get the game to go on for a long period of time.

This is a game the students at our school enjoy playing alone as well as with other kids. The Bop It! comes in several varieties, and it can be fun to collect them. If your child has one he enjoys, he might like another version of this game as well.

Accessible MP3 Player

Zen Stone

My daughter loves her little Zen Stone. This MP3 player was recommended to me by blind adults. Unlike most MP3 players, the Zen Stone does not rely upon an LED screen. A blind child can easily work all of the controls by touch.

Another nice feature of the Zen Stone is that it has an internal speaker. If your child does not like ear buds because they interfere with hearing environmental sound cues, they can enjoy their music using the speaker. This is also better for your youngster's hearing.

Many students at the Kentucky School for the Blind have received these MP3's and enjoy using them. They hold 500 songs or several audio books.

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Toys for Blind Babies & Toddlers

Toys for Young Blind Children - Blind Babies and Toddlers

Blind babies and toddlers can make good use of many of the same developmental toys that appeal to sighted children. Some are particularly useful to children who are blind, because they help to address specific developmental challenges that blind children often have.

One way to tell if a toy will be appropriate for a blind baby is to close your eyes and interact with the toy. If it is still interesting when you are not looking at it, it will probably be fun for your child.

Fisher-Price Infant To Toddler Swing in Red
Fisher-Price Infant To Toddler Swing in Red

A swing provides necessary vestibular stimulation. Blind babies need extra movement experiences for normal brain development.

 
Playskool Busy Balls Terrific Textures
Playskool Busy Balls Terrific Textures

Balls with a variety of textures develop tactile discrimination, important for future braille readers.

 
LeapFrog Learn and Groove Color Play Drum
LeapFrog Learn and Groove Color Play Drum

This drum can be used to motivate movement, teach cause and effect, and introduce musical concepts.

 
VTech Move and Crawl Ball, Orange
VTech Move and Crawl Ball, Orange

My daughter had a ball similar to this one as a toddler. This is a very interesting musical ball for a blind baby or young blind child. This ball encourages the child to move across the floor to follow it as it rolls away. This is useful for any blind child, but particularly if you baby is reluctant to venture away from one spot. Also useful for playing ball with a parent or sibling, sit with legs in a V and roll the ball back and forth to baby to learn turn-taking. Also helpful for learning to locate sounds, a crucial skill for a blind person.

 

More Toys for Blind Babies and Toddlers

Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby's First Blocks
Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby's First Blocks

This is a good, basic shape sorter for baby. A blind child needs to learn the concept of containers, putting items into containers and taking them out. Remove the shape sorting lid at first, so the baby can learn the concept of putting the blocks into the bucket and dumping them out. Later, help the child learn to put the blocks into the proper holes by shape. Start with only 2 blocks & cover the other holes with tape. When the baby learns those two, add another one. Talk a lot about the different shapes. This is a very helpful toy for concept develpment.

 
Lamaze Gardenbug Foot Finders
Lamaze Gardenbug Foot Finders

These foot finders rattle whenever baby moves his feet. The encourage movement, help baby learn about his body and start to explore his feet. My daughter had a pair of these as an infant. She enjoyed them very much and they helped get her ready for rolling over and crawling. Wrist rattles are also available.

 
Chicco Music 'N Play Table
Chicco Music 'N Play Table

This activity table is great for teaching cause and effect as well as encouraging children to pull up and stand. It builds both gross and fine motor skills at the same time. Toddlers love this toy!

 
Uncle Goose Braille ABC with Sign Language Blocks - Made in USA
Uncle Goose Braille ABC with Sign Language Blocks - Made in USA

Braille blocks are great for early exposure to both braille and print letters. My daughter received a set of these as a toddler and they are still going strong. The blocks helped her learn both her braille alphabet as well as the shape of letters in the print alphabet. As a result she can now read signs and labels that have raised or embossed letters, a handy skill not taught in school.

 
Manhattan Toy Skwish Classic Rattle and Teether Grasping Activity Toy
Manhattan Toy Skwish Classic Rattle and Teether Grasping Activity Toy

My daughter had one of these as a baby and she loved it. Ours had a little bell inside. The description on Amazon does not mention a bell, but describes beads that make a quiet sound when they slide back and forth. My child loved to stretch the black bands with her feet while she held onto the bars with her hands. Good for learning how the body moves in space, which can be hard to figure out when you cannot see your body parts.

 
magnetic braille alphabet letters
magnetic braille alphabet letters

These are the same magnetic alphabet letters you remember from your own childhood, but now they have a braille cell included! Learning the shapes of print letters has many practical real-life applications. Recently my teenage daughter, who is totally blind, read a print sign in a public building. The sign had raised letters and no braille.

It is also helpful when describing a route or the layout of a building to a blind person. Curvy streets may be shaped like a print letter S, U or J. Buildings may be laid out in the shape of an L, E, H or T. Playing with these letters in childhood can be useful in building these concepts.

Click on the picture for more information, or to purchase, these fun and educational magnetic letters!

Braille Toys on eBay

Over the years I have been able to find a lot of braille and other equipment for sale on eBay. This can be a good source, but be sure to ask about the condition of the braille. Sometimes it has been flattened, and the seller might not be knowledgeable. I have found it is good to send an email asking where they acquired the item and asking them to check the condition of the braille to be sure it is still nicely raised.

Silly Fun

Does your visually impaired child have a favorite toy that you would like to recommend to others? List it here, or leave some feedback! Thanks!

What toys does your blind child enjoy?

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    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I don't have a blind child but was interested in what made certain toys suitable and appealing to a blind child. Great information!

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      All of these choices are very carefully thought out and the information is welcome. I was wondering if you are buying a gift for a blind child that's not your own, it would be a good idea, of course, to ask the parent what they might already have. Every kid has their own set ideas of what's fun and what's not so much, right? This was a great read!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      You've provided information here based on your own experience. That's valuable to other parent's of blind children and makes this lens unique. Blessed by a squid angel and featured on You've Been Blessed.

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      I don't have a blind child, but I work with children and adults with disabilities. Several of these toys and games we already use, but there are a couple of new ones I haven't seen before. Thanks for the great information.

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      No one in our family is blind, so I've never realized how visually biased our world is until I started reading this lens. I've always thought touch screens were a great invention, but now I realize they're also a step backward in some ways. I'm glad there are some mp3 players and personal recorders that still use buttons instead of screens.

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      jseven lm 5 years ago

      What a wonderful lens for blind children toys!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      This is one of the most thoughtful, comprehensive articles I've ever seen on this subject. Since you have experienced these things with your child, it's even more heartfelt. Thanks for sharing this for all those who need it so very much. Blessed.

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      Pages like this mean a lot to me, I am sister to a hearing and mentally disabled brother, so have a tender heart toward these things. Blessed!

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      Heather B 5 years ago

      You've created such a thorough lens, and it really speaks from the heart. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Informative lens. Blessed!

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      Sandra Wilson 5 years ago from Wilson Education Resource Centre

      Great ideas - thanks for sharing them so others can help blind children benefit from play!

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      Sandra Wilson 5 years ago from Wilson Education Resource Centre

      we have played Tactonimoes with our blind friends - they are textured dominoes - fun for all!

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      mockingbird999 5 years ago

      Really nice lens. Lots of good ideas.

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      traveller27 5 years ago

      Fantastic idea for a lens. Blessed by a travelling angel.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      I don't have or know a blind child but have had a blind dog and know how difficult it can be to find the right toys for them to interact with. Great ideas here.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Fabulous guide to appropriate toys and stimulation for healthy development. I always appreciate your thoughtful and educational articles. *Blessed*

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      Paul 5 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Excellent lens: Angel Blessed.,

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      Susan300 5 years ago

      Super lens! :)

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      Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      What a positive, thorough and informative article! Squid Angel Blessed!

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      Showpup LM 5 years ago

      Fabulous lens!! I'm sure your experience in this area will help a lot of parents and grandparents.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      What a wonderful and compassionate idea to put together a resource lens for toys for blind children!

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      Jeremy 5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Great lens. I'm tweeting it in hopes that it will reach a wider audience of shoppers for blind children.

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      Baby_Love 5 years ago

      I've never known a blind person so I've never considered that they would need special toys to enhance their other senses. Thank you for teaching me something new today.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Great list of Toys for Blind Children.

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      glowchick 5 years ago

      What a great lens with lots of useful info, thumbs up :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wonderfully done and it is my pleasure to bless your wonderful and insightful efforts!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens! My son did his Eagle Scout Project for visually impaired children at our local Special Services School. He and his troop recorded 100 storybooks from the school library so kids could 'read' - listen to stories independently. The librarian was thrilled!

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      kougar lm 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens, full of great suggestions. I will be passing this on to a friend with two young blind children. Thank-you

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      My child is not blind, but I worked in ophthalmology for 10 years (including assisting two retinal surgeons). You have done a fabulous job of showcasing gifts for visually impaired / blind children (many that sighted kids would enjoy too).

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      MCB2011 5 years ago

      Really nice. Thank you

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      I've been waiting to bless this lens and now I can! Merry Christmas. I hope the blessing moves it up in rank - it should have a wide audience if only to understand what having a blind child is like.

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      Tamara Kajari 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      Merry Christmas!

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      Wendy Leanne 5 years ago from Texas

      Braille Scrabble and Monopoly? Awesome. =)

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      pajnhiaj 5 years ago

      These are some great ideas!!!! I am looking at the kick and play toy for my daughter. My daughter have vision impairment and these items will be a great addition to therapy. THANKS!!!!

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      Fanstanding LM 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. Great Information and suggestions of toys

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a wonderful lens. I work with visual impaired adults with developmental disabilities. One of the most difficult parts of our job is finding activities for them to enjoy. I checked out your lens looking for ideas. You place an emphasis on music, and this has always been our greatest tool. It speaks to anyone, regardless of their abilities to see, or even speak. Thank you for sharing. A hearty like.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi, I'm the adoptive mother of a beautiful blind little girl. All the information in this blog were vere usefull and helped me. I leave in Brazil and its vert difficult to find toys for blind babies. But I'm sure we're gonna raise and learn together. Thanks for sharing your experiences!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      I would have really not known this information! Thanks for sharing. Angel Blessed!

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      sherioz 5 years ago

      Thank-you for this lens. By sharing your knowledge of what toys are appropriate for children who are blind, you have opened a window into parenting challenges of which I have never been aware.

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      amychris2010 5 years ago

      anything that makes a crunching noise like squishing chips in a bag he absolutely loves it!

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      lilblackdress lm 5 years ago

      I do not have a blind child but found this lens very interesting.I never thought about this topic. Thanks for raising my awareness.

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      Doc_Holliday 5 years ago

      Loved this lens. IMHO music and a music instrument are an absolute must for a blind child.

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      CoeGurl 5 years ago from USA

      This is such a great idea, for blind children to have toys that are fun and helpful for them.

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      georgekelly15775 4 years ago

      Great products you have listed here my daughter used to love anything that rattled :):)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I don't have a blind child but I think this is a very important lens and I thank you for sharing it!

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      Paul 4 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Excellent info - Blessed

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      VicPalombo 4 years ago

      Great lens, very interesting!

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      What_to_Know 4 years ago

      anything with great textures oogiee are a type of water bead it's great!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You can also find lots of suggestions on SensorySun.com. I am the mother of a blind 7 year old little girl and publish a blog about my life. You can find lots of toy reviews and other info on raising and teaching blind children there. Hope you find it beneficial!

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      Aumlanka 4 years ago

      I don't have any blind children but this is great information for anyone to know. More understand of someone else's world is a great thing and if I ever have a blind child come into my life this might help me better interact with them.

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      dunn22 4 years ago

      Thanks for this very informative lens. Great thought and work was put into this, I think people will really benefit from this. Thanks

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      victoriahaneveer 4 years ago

      I don't have a blind child but there are blind people in my family and it's not so easy to buy for them. Of course they can't see colors but they can still enjoy shapes, textures, anything they can listen to or whatever just like the rest of us. This lens is also a great resource for anyone shopping for a blind child. People who aren't experienced with blind people would find it very hard to buy something else I should imagine.

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      maryseena 4 years ago

      I had some friends in college who were blind. They didn't have any special toys to play with, but they had learned to handle their own grooming activities amazingly well. They could wash their clothes and fold them, make beds and even stitch. One thing they demanded of me was to treat them as I would treat any other person.

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      jonathanwm 4 years ago

      Love your len. Your recommendation really helps the blind children. Keep on

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      chas65 4 years ago

      Having never been around blind children, but being a former teacher, I found the information quite informative. I would have thought about music because of all of the blind musicians, but not aware of swinging and other physical activities. Even how sighted children are constantly looking around at their environment.

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Wonderful suggestions for children with sight impairments. Thanks for sharing your expert knowledge here at Squidoo!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a wonderful Lens. Thank you for sharing such information. I don't have blind children and havent ever been around them but if I ever have to baby a child with sight imparment this will have helped as they also deserve wonderful childhoods much love and purple star is well deserved.

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      Wendy Leanne 4 years ago from Texas

      Modeling clay is a fabulous idea, as are all of your suggestions here.

      *~blessed~*

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      MadameJoy 4 years ago

      I wonder if every child shouldn't spend a day "blind" to see what it's like, to gain compassion and a greater appreciation for the other senses. Can you imagine if we started educating our kids in such an experiential way? Thanks for posting this lens.

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      Alrady 4 years ago

      Great selection. I love the idea of indoor swings and SIT N SPIN is altime favorite. I can see how the list you have would stimulate the mind and the senses for both the non-blind and the blind kids.

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      Alrady 4 years ago

      @MadameJoy: MadameJoy When my youngest was in 7th grade she would spend days as Helen Keller. The movie and the book stirred her soul. :) You are 100% spot on.

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      Frischy 4 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      @MadameJoy: Most experts on blind education feel this is not as helpful as it would seem on the surface. Blind children and adults spend many years learning skills that enable them to function in a sighted world. Their experience is nothing like what a sighted person experiences when blindfolded. Putting a blindfold on a sighted child can be dangerous, because that child does not have the training to navigate safely without vision. Most sighted people experience this kind of artificial blindness as frightening and confusing, but blind people do not experience life this way. I would not want anyone to put their child through this experience without specialized training.

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      thegrayrabbit 4 years ago

      Reading this and thinking about who this lens is for has reminded me how thankful I am that my children all have their sight and I am thankful that you are here to help with ideas for those that are visually impaired. Great lens!!

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      TACTCI LM 4 years ago

      I liked your comment below advising against blindfolding sighted children as a way to teach them to appreciate what they have, or understand blind children. Takes years to get good at anything, and being born blind cannot be understood in a day or many weeks of temporary blindness, because you know it's going to change. Thanks for sharing!

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      Carolan Ross 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I do not have a blind child, but was a teacher at a school for blind children at one time. You've created a wonderful collection of best toys for blind children here.

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      TheGardenGuys 4 years ago

      What a great idea for a lens. Well done :)

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      jseven lm 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens and heartwarming! Blessed too!

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      GabrielaFargasch 4 years ago

      Wow! Beautiful toys for blind children you have here! God bless these precious children! :)

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Wonderful ideas. These make great toys for everyone, even adults.

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      john9229 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing toys for blind children. Nice Lens!

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      GetPregnantFAQ LM 4 years ago

      Wonderful. And great info on vestibular stimulation.

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      Wow... THIS is an absolutely fantastic resource. Even though my eyesight is correctible, I worried a lot as a kid that I was going to be blind because my nearsightedness increased at a very rapid rate. You put a lot of thought into this, and I am really hoping that a lot of parents and teachers find this page. I'd give you a hundred blessings if I could! :)

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      SBPI Inc 3 years ago

      Great lens and helpful to those both in need and those who take blessings for granted. You have wonderfully expressed your love of life to the fullest potential.

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      norma-holt 3 years ago

      Its heartbreaking to see what blind children have to go through. Anything that helps them enjoy their childhood is a big plus and this is a great lens on a wonderful subject. Well done.

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      QualityKidsToys 3 years ago

      Both the musical and the full body 'swinging' toys listed above no doubt will stimulate the senses and be good choices. Thanks for providing information on this niche of kids toys.

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      thatelfguy 3 years ago

      Hey! My blind daughter LOVES her Cuddleuppet! A Cuddleuppet is a combination blanket / puppet, and it's wonderfully soft and snuggly. Check out Cuddleuppets at www.handi-dandi-crafts.com.

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