Good Toys for Blind Kids: Suggestions From Parents

Two Years and Up

BALLS

  • Balls on spindles
  • Physioballs (or any large balls)
  • Gertie Balls (soft and easy for little hands to grasp)

BLOCKS and PUZZLES

  • Stacking toys
  • Nesting toys
  • Peg boards
  • Magnetic blocks
  • Bristle blocks
  • Mega Blocks
  • Wooden Braille blocks
  • Shape toys in graduated sizes that fit into a base
  • Wooden puzzles with knobs
  • Lauri puzzles
  • Duplo Blocks
  • Waffle Blocks
  • Velcro Blocks
  • Large cardboard blocks
  • Playful Patterns

DOLLS and KITCHEN TOYS

  • Lauri Lacing Bears
  • My Buddy doll (good for practicing zipping, buttoning, etc.)
  • Play Sink and dishes
  • Play oven and skillet by Fisher-Price
  • Little people and school house by Fisher-Price
  • Velcro fruits and vegetables with plastic or wooden knife
  • Dress-a-Pillar

MUSICAL and TALKING TOYS

  • Music and story tapes
  • Floor Piano (a soft mat with "keys" you step on)
  • Talking toys
  • Golden Sound Story Books
  • Musical instruments
  • Plastic music boxes with easy to turn knobs
  • Tomy and Shelcore action, noise, and music toys
  • Sparkling Symphony Gym
  • Sight, Sound, and Touch Bugs by Fisher-Price (they sing and wiggle)
  • 1-2-3 Sing-Along Puppy
  • Kick and Play Piano
  • Sounds Like Fun CD

MISCELLANEOUS TOYS

  • Play Doh Fun Factory (also use with cookie cutters, small rolling pin, plastic knife)
  • Scented markers
  • The Wonderhorse Spring Action Riding Horse
  • Workbench by Fisher-Price
  • Sit and Spin by Today's Kids
  • Garage by Fisher-Price
  • Wooden train and tracks
  • Beauty Salon by Fisher-Price
  • Riding toys
  • Trampoline with handle
  • Happy Vehicles
  • Roll-A-Rama
  • Giant pegboard
  • Rainfall Rattle

Five Years and Up

BALLS

  • Bounce Ball
  • Zoomball
  • Rocketball
  • Bumble Ball

GAMES

  • Klix
  • Magna-Doodle
  • Slinky
  • Tongue Twisters
  • Yo-Yo
  • Numberite
  • Laurie Fraction Kit and other puzzles
  • Unifeix cubes
  • Fraction Stax
  • Chinese Checkers
  • Connect Four
  • TicTacToe
  • K'nex
  • Hi Ho Cherrio
  • LiteBrite
  • Feel and Find Braille Puzzle

MISCELLANEOUS TOYS

  • Scented playdough
  • Scented markers
  • Scented crayons
  • Wooden nuts and bolts kit
  • Multi-links (building kit)
  • Magnetic letters and numbers with Braille on them by Playskool
  • Thuderbat
  • Clay craft kits by DAS
  • Elmer's Puff Paint marker
  • Pretty, Pretty Princess
  • Animal pagers by Fisher-Price
  • Toy computers
  • Jump rope
  • Scooter (the 4-wheeled, low to the ground)
  • Bubblin'Spa (an inflatable pool with jets of bubbles)
  • Jeep Junior (a riding toy)
  • Sizzle 'n Glow Grill
  • Pump Action Racers

MUSICAL and TALKING TOYS

  • What's That Sound?
  • Taking toys
  • Electronic music keyboard
  • Speak and Spell
  • Scannin' Talkin' Check Out Center

Nine Years and Up

BALLS

  • Hop-a-Roo (large bouncing ball to sit on)
  • Nerf Whistle Ball

GAMES

  • Bop It!
  • Wooden or plastic puzzle of the U.S.A.
  • Trouble by Milton Bradley
  • Table Air Hockey
  • Large print playing cards and holder (also in Braille)
  • Dominoes
  • Taxi sound game by Golden Books

MISCELLANEOUS TOYS

  • Walkie-Talkies
  • Remote control cars or helicopters
  • Foil Art Set (makes raised drawings on foil)
  • Fisher Price Camera (shaped like the old View Master so you can place it easily over your eyes)
  • Hula hoop
  • Spinning tops
  • Legos
  • Train Set
  • Tandem bike
  • Cap gun

MUSICAL and TALKING TOYS

  • Music boxes

EDUCATIONAL TOYS

  • National Geographic Really Wild Animals
  • GeoSafari World
  • Volcano kit
  • Crystal kit