Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Holiday Gift Ideas for Braille Readers

It's that time of year again, and what a perfect opportunity to share the gift of literacy with children who are blind or visually impaired!  We often get questions about ideas for holiday giving and we're happy to share some of our favorite ideas.

 

Fun with Braille Letters

Braille blocks

Uncle Goose Braille Blocks

These wooden blocks are available in braille with alphabet letters or numbers.  Blocks with ASL (American Sign Language) are also available.

 
 
 

Braille alphabet tilesBraille Alphabet Tiles

These flat wooden tiles have braille and print letters on them.

 

 

 

 

Apple alphabet cardSENSEsational Alphabet Cards

These alphabet cards have braille letters, ASL signs, scratch and sniff or tactile features.

 

 

 

Braille magnetic letters

 

How about these braille magnetic letters for that young reader on your list? 

 
 
 
 

Books in Braille and Large Print

Brave Irene cover

National Braille Press

Their annual holiday sale always has a variety of items at bargain prices.  They offer many books for readers of all ages, from board books to the latest best seller.  A subscription to the Children's Braille Book Club can be a great present for Christmas or Hanukkah!

 

 

 

Girl reading book

Seedlings Braille Books for Children

Seedlings offers books for readers at all levels, from beginners through advanced readers.  A full range of subjects are available, from picture books to poetry to non-fiction and biographies.  They also offer braille gifts and learning aids.

 

 

Toys and Games

Braille games are available through a number of different sources.  You can also make your own!  Try some of the following sources:

 

Chunky puzzle
Chunky Shapes Puzzle with Braille

The names of the shapes are written in print and braille.

 

 

 

Braille and large print playing cards

 

Braille and Large Print Playing Cards
These large print cards have braille on them too.

 

 

 

More toy ideas for children who are blind or visually impaired

Bristle blocksPerkins Scout has a long list of resources for choosing toys for children who are blind, including those with additional disabilities.

 

 

 

 

 

Tactile Materials and Craft Ideas

Wikki Stix

Wikki Stix are made of wax and can be used for art projects, concept development, and many other educational and fun ideas!

 

 

 

 

Scented markersScented Markers are available from many sources and help to make coloring a more multi-sensory experience.

 

 

Tactile Coloring Books

These are available from a number of sources, including the following:

 

Sensational BlackboardSensational Blackboard

Make your own raised-line drawings!

 

 

Cover of Drawing with your Perkins BraillerDrawing with Your Perkins Brailler

This book is an activity guide for creating tactile drawings.

 

 

 

 

Auditory Ideas

Recordable Story Books  Recordable story books
Record your voice, so that a child can follow along while listening to a familiar person read aloud.

 

Talking Picture Frames
Record the voice of the loved one on this talking picture frame.

 

Novelty Items in Braille

Braille love pendant

 

Braille Boutique Gifts from National Braille Press
Find everything from braille jewelry to braille refrigerator magnets!

Braille Gifts and Learning Aids from Seedlings
More braille jewelry and other fun gift ideas

 

 

Braille chocolate molds

BrailleGifts.com
Specializing in braille embroidery and gifts, including this braille chocolate mold!

 

 

 

 

 

Gift Ideas for Young Children or Children with Multiple Disabilities

 

Let us know what other ideas you have!

Ideas for braille holiday gifts

 


 

Comments

Fun and learn

Posted by Khorshed Ala

My grand blind son to teach.

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