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Good Toys for Blind Kids: Suggestions From Parents

This list is made up of regular toys that can be purchased through local shops or toy stores. The age categories were those suggested by the parents, not the manufacturer. Please check the package for recommended age levels before you buy a toy.

Two Years and Up | Five Years and Up | Nine Years and Up


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

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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

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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

Note: Some of the Fisher Price toys can be purchased from a Shop-at-Home Catalog. To order the catalog call (800) 747-8697; many of the toys on the list above can also be found at www.toysofdiscovery.com.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions for the NOPBC pages, please send an e-mail to jim@riversedgehomes.com with "NOPBC Web site" in the subject.