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Christmas Gift for a Blind Child?

I have a new step-nephew who is blind and developmentally delayed. He is 5 years old, but mentally more like 2 or 3 I believe.

He's new to the family, so I don't really know him very well yet. Can anyone recommend a great (but inexpensive--budget is tight) gift for a child with these challenges? He's a sweet kid... I'd really like to get him something he will enjoy! He has a younger brother, older step-sister, and a new baby sister, so for obvious reasons, he doesn't get as much attention as he once did.

Thanks!

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RobynS

Asked by RobynS at 11:50 AM on Nov. 3, 2009 in Shopping

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  • Fuzzy blocks, or a book with lots of textures and cloth in it so he can feel it, also some kind of music might be good, Curious George has a CD set that is like Audio Books, You didn't say how big he was, but most kids love sit and spins, and he wouldn't hurt himself!
    kimigogo

    Answer by kimigogo at 11:54 AM on Nov. 3, 2009

  • Also a Elmo that sings or talks. You just have to show him where to push the bottom. I think he would love that.
    gammie

    Answer by gammie at 11:54 AM on Nov. 3, 2009

  • Maybe a fun story book on CD? or a childrens music CD... Maybe even go to a book store and see if they have braille (SP) childrens books. Ooh or maybe something he can do with his hands like a childrens bop-it or something....?
    firethearson

    Answer by firethearson at 11:56 AM on Nov. 3, 2009

  • Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:08 PM on Nov. 3, 2009

  • Audio books are a great idea. Any type of music that he can enjoy. Tactile Bars by a company called Guidecraft are sold at Toys R Us and are good. I have a friend with a blind child and she loved these. Books with the sound bars on the side are good too.
    usbornebooksdh

    Answer by usbornebooksdh at 2:11 PM on Nov. 3, 2009

  • Ask his mom what she'd like him to have really. He might need something that even if you can't buy you can give her something toward. Even though I am sure that he probably needs things that are reasonably priced.
    OneToughMami

    Answer by OneToughMami at 2:49 PM on Nov. 3, 2009

  • My best friend is blind Robyn! I will ask her fro some suggestions. Stop by my page if I forget to get back to you!!
    micheledo

    Answer by micheledo at 5:44 PM on Nov. 3, 2009

  • Something with fun sounds or lots of different textures to touch. Maybe google toys for blind children?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:05 AM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • Books on tape are a good choice. Actually, I think all kids really enjoy them.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:51 PM on Nov. 4, 2009

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