Toys for visually impaired children

It is not always easy to know what toys to buy a child with a visual impairment, so here are some thoughts and ideas to help you.

You don’t need to buy toys from specialist suppliers. Choose toys that will make the best use of any vision they have, and that develop other sensory skills such as the sense of touch and hearing.  Older children will no doubt want the latest toys but the same criterion applies.  Hopefully the following checklist will help.

Small girl wearing dark glasses feeling a tactile book while knelling on the carpetProvide toys that:

  • encourage using eyes to follow an object and physical movement: bubbles, balloons, hand puppets, balls (scented, lit, sparkly), pull -long and wind-up toys, cars, train sets.
  • encourage hand-eye co-ordination and/or fine motor control: posting toys, inset puzzles, bricks, beads, peg boards.
  • have interesting textures: feely bags, soft toys, balls, building blocks, Duplo
  • make sounds: bells, chains, beads, wind chimes, rain stick, music makers and instruments, feely bags (fill with cellophane, beans, rice etc), books with audio features.
  • are reflective, fluorescent or bright: foil survival blanket, cheerleader pom-poms, torch, metalic or push button light up toys
  • have scents: make playdough with scented oils, scent bags filled with herbs
  • feature switches/controls that are easy to find by touch
  • have bold lettering and strong colour/tone contrast

Check out these links for sensory toy and play ideas

Make sure toys are safe

Look out for this symbol! red circle with a red line running along its diameter at a 45 degree angle. Inside the circle is a cartoon of a child's face and text that reads '0-3' Toys with this symbol contain small parts that could be swallowed and cause a choking hazard. They should only be given to children over 3 years and of sufficiently advanced development. More information about toy safety symbols.

 

 

 

 

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About Aniridia Network UK

A charity support group for people with the genetic visual impairment aniridia and their families in the UK. Our vision is that people with/associated with aniridia are hopeful, confident, supported and well informed regarding aniridia. Founded in 2000. Registered as a charity in 2011 with HMRC reference XT26830
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