Lyra’s Well Organized Toy Cabinet I thought I would take this opportunity I have using this wonderful photo of Lyra’s toy explosion, to tell you about some of the cool toys/games Lyra got for Christmas.  Read More →

This is a video of Lyra with her TVI doing a color sorting/matching activity.  They are using colored bears and boats.  I recently did some Christmas shopping for Lyra and found a similar toy/game.  It also includes cards used for learning to recognize and make patterns.  For more information you can click on the product link below. Color Clown Sort and Pattern KitRead More →

Over the last couple of days, Lyra has had this AWESOME new game/activity to play with.  Her TVI brought it with her to her last visit and now we are “trying it out” to see if it is something we would want to buy. See the video above to watch Lyra in action. This game, toy, activity, or whatever you want to call it is called Toddler Make-a-Match.  There are a variety of learning activities you can do with it, each having a different level of difficulty.  All of the items needed for the activities are provided, including 12 pairs of objects, 12 silhouette cards,Read More →

The Toy Industry Foundation, in partnership with Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) and American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) have released an updated toy guide for children with special needs.   Here is the link: Let’s Play: A Guide to Toys for Children with Special NeedsRead More →

This was an idea I got from Lyra’s TVI.  I took pictures of a variety of toys and objects that Lyra was familiar with or played with regularly.  To make them more durable, I taped them to poster board a cut them out.  Then I put them into the plastic sleeves of some old photo albums I had, cut them out and then taped the end.  They were those free photo albums they used to give me when I’d have film developed at Wal-mart.  Read More →

Here are some of our latest favorites for books and toys. The first two pictures are of the Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Magnetic Cookie Puzzle. That name is entirely too long. 😛 Anyway, this is a really great SIMPLE puzzle with a fun musical reward. Fisher Price Cookie Puzzle This picture is of the Playskool Old McDonald Tractor toy. This is really good for eye-hand coordination practice. It plays music too…which is always a plus. 🙂 These first two books are touch and feel books. These two have a variety of “feels.” I’ve seen some touch and feel books that basically have the sameRead More →

Toy Ideas for visually impaired infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. -from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Toys, Glorious Toys! -by Jean Robinson, Family Support Specialist, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.Read More →

Sometimes the best toys are not the most expensive or the fanciest. Often the simplest toys or non-toys provide the most enjoyment. The first picture, a Fisher Price toy phone, is good for pretend play and fine motor development. Pointing is a fine motor skill and the little holes for dialing are the perfect size for little pointer fingers. We cut off the string that connected the receiver to the base to make it more user friendly. It was too short. You couldn’t hold the receiver up to your ear without lifting the base up off the floor. In the second picture are just “popRead More →

Lyra loves these toys and has used many of them in her weekly vision therapy. I hope to add some pictures eventually. Glow Worm Fisher Price Tap n’ Twirl Top Little Tikes Tap-a-Tune Piano Light up pumpkin wand (Halloween prop) Happy Apple bright blue and pink egg shakers Fisher Price Touch and Tickle Round balls Fisher Price Miracles & Milestones Musical Panda Fisher Price Star Stacker- music and lights wax paper Ocean Wonders aquarium crib toy Books: Baby Faces by Margaret Miller Black on White by Tana Hoban White on Black by Tana Hoban Feely Bugs by David A. Carter The Very Hungry Caterpillar byRead More →