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
These wooden blocks are available in braille with alphabet letters or numbers. Blocks with ASL (American Sign Language) are also available.
These flat wooden tiles have braille and print letters on them.
These alphabet cards have braille letters, ASL signs, scratch and sniff or tactile features.
How about these braille magnetic letters for that young reader on your list?
Books in Braille and Large Print
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!
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
The names of the shapes are written in print and braille.
Braille and Large Print Playing Cards
These large print cards have braille on them too.
Perkins 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 are made of wax and can be used for art projects, concept development, and many other educational and fun ideas!
Scented 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:
- Tactile Vision Graphic Colouring Books
- Coloring Books (National Braille Press)
- Lots of Dots: Coloring the Garden (APH)
- Paint by Number Safari (APH)
- Paint Pot Palette (APH)
- Raised Line and Braille Color and Paint
Make your own raised-line drawings!
This book is an activity guide for creating tactile drawings.
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 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
Specializing in braille embroidery and gifts, including this braille chocolate mold!
Gift Ideas for Young Children or Children with Multiple Disabilities
- 10 Tips for Selecting Holiday Gifts for Young Children with Visual Impairments or Multiple Disabilities
- Gift Ideas for Kids Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Have Additional Disabilities
- Materials: Active Learning Space
Let us know what other ideas you have!