If you are looking for activities for visually impaired children, you’re in the right place! We are sharing 14 recreational activities for young children that you can try at home or in a school environment.

Image shows a compilation of activities for visually impaired children from different websites.
Here are additional resources perfect for kids of all ages.

Hands-On Visual Impairments Activities For Kids Of All Ages

There are different types of sensory impairments, each affecting life differently. If you have a family member or work with children with vision impairments such as vision loss, a short field of vision, and other vision problems, you probably struggle to find hands-on learning activities and games that take their impairments into account.

These fun activities we are sharing today are a great way to help build social skills, literacy skills, fine motor skills, and other skills that blind children and low vision students may experience in a different way.

We know everyone will have a great time no matter what activity you choose!

Image shows a yellow and red object for an activity for visually impaired children. Idea from Paths to Literacy
Basic real objects are home are a great place to start.

1. Using Tangible Symbols at Home

Here are different ways to use object symbols at home with children who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired with additional disabilities at different stages. Use simple objects like rocks and paper towels for a fun experience! From Paths To Literacy.

Image shows a girl using a measuring spoon to add ingredients to a bowl for a literacy and math activity. Idea from Path to Literacy
Let’s enhance several skills in one single activity!

2. Teaching Literacy and Math Skills Through Cooking

This is great for special education teachers: Teach reading, writing, math, & other skills to students who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind through cooking! From Path To Literacy.

Image shows different round objects in a container for a sensory activity. Idea from paths to literacy
Sensory play is super fun too.

3. Tactile Fun Bucket

Make your own tactile fun bucket for younger children to help them develop tactile discrimination skills and basic concepts through the sense of touch. From Paths To Literacy.

Image shows a Monopoly board game adapted for children with vision impairments. Idea from Paths to literacy
Play this with the whole family!

4. Tips to Adapt Games for Children with Vision Impairments

Try these tips to adapt board games for Braille readers using tactile elements like alphabet and number stickers. From Paths To Literacy.

Image shows an adapted version of Connect Four game for players with vision impairments. Idea from Paths to literacy
You’ll have so much fun!

5. Adapting Connect Four for Players with Visual Impairments

Adapting a Connect Four game for players who are blind or low vision gives them a chance to practice matching, tactile discrimination, spatial orientation, and counting skills. From Paths To Literacy.

Image shows a young kid watering plants outside. From Wonderbaby
Let’s go outside!

6. Gardening with a Blind Child

If you have some extra time and want to show the natural world, let’s get outside and get our hands dirty with these gardening activities. They can learn so many things like plants, the difference between wet and dry, numbers, and more. From Wonderbaby.

Image shows empty plastic bottles turned into a DIY musical instrument. Idea from Wonderbaby
Let’s give those old bottles a new use.

7. These old plastic bottles can become musical instruments!

For this project, you’ll need any cleaned recycled containers and some sort of filling. You can use sand, salt, birdseed, dried peas or beans, gravel, pebbles, dried pasta, marbles, or practically any small dry items. Then, your little one will make some music in a fun way! From WonderBaby.

Image shows a closeup of a photo of a kid holding crayons. From Wonderbaby
Blind students can enjoy coloring books too.

8. Tactile and Raised Line Coloring Books for Kids Who are Blind or Visually Impaired

It isn’t that hard at all to make coloring accessible to kids with low vision or even no vision. Learn how to make your own raised coloring pages. From WonderBaby.

Image shows a tactile maze done at home. Idea from NBP
We love these sensory games.

9. Create Tactile Mazes

This is a simple maze that can be really squishy and fun to play with! It’s also a fun quiet bag that you can take with you on car rides or when you need something to occupy little hands. From National Braille Press.

Image shows a LEGO braille alphabet. Idea from JDaniel4s mom
LEGO makes everything more fun.

10. LEGO Braille Alphabet – Three Blind Mice STEM Activity

This activity is both fun and a great way to practice the Braille letters… using LEGO! From JDaniel4’s Mom.

Image shows an adapted boardgame for kids with visual impairments. idea from Perkins
Here are more fun adapted games.

11. Adapted Sorry Board Game

Construct this accessible board game to include kids of all sight levels in on the fun! It gives students an opportunity to play a game and practice social cues. From Perkins School For The Blind.

Image shows printable shape cards for visually impaired children. Idea from Early learning ideas
These printables are great for touch-type read skills.

12. How To Use These Free Printable Shape Cards

Use these free printable shape cards to teach 2-dimensional shapes. Kids can trace the textured shapes with their fingers or use them for tracing practice. From Early Learning Ideas.

Image shows a kid playing with a magnetic storyboard doll. Idea from Paths to literacy
Practicing on storytelling is a fun activity for younger and older children.

13. Magnetic Storyboard

Create a magnetic storyboard for braille users or children with visual impairments or deafblindness, and create your own stories. From Paths To Literacy.

Image shows different shapes using pipe cleaners for kids with visual impairments. Idea from Teach Me Mommy.
You only need 3 materials for this activity.

14. Touch and Feel Shapes

This simple idea is perfect to make for young children that are learning about shapes, involving their sense of touch in the learning process. From Teach Me Mommy.

Try thse sensory activity ideas for kids:

What activity for visually impaired children did you find the most useful?

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